Almost a year ago, Evan Rachel Wood alleged that Marilyn Manson “essentially raped” her while they were filming a music video in 2007. She referred to it as a “really traumatizing experience”. The rock star denied it.
Based on the two-part documentary Phoenix Rising, Wood shared that experience that took place while making the video for “Heart-Shaped Glasses”. The first part of the documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last weekend. That time, Wood was 19 while he was about 38.
People reported that the Thirteen actress claimed that she was “coerced into a commercial sex act under false pretenses.” In Phoenix Rising, she alleged, “That’s when the first crime was committed against me. I was essentially raped on-camera.”
Meanwhile, the 53-year-old musician denied the accusations thrown at him. The two made their relationship public in 2007.
According to the actress, the shoot was “nothing like I thought it was going to be.”
“We’re doing things that were not what was pitched to me,” she explained. “We had discussed a simulated sex scene, but once the cameras were rolling, he started penetrating me for real. I had never agreed to that. I’m a professional actress, I’ve been doing this my whole life; I’ve never been on a set that unprofessional in my life up until this day.”
The actress, now 34, admitted she didn’t “feel safe” on set. She told People, “No one was looking after me. It was a really traumatizing experience filming the video. I didn’t know how to advocate for myself or know how to say no because I had been conditioned and trained to never talk back, to just soldier through.”
She also said she felt “disgusting” and “shameful”, adding, “I could tell that the crew was very uncomfortable and nobody knew what to do.”
Manson’s attorney, Howard King, responded to the allegation through a statement to E! News. He said, “Of all the false claims that Evan Rachel Wood has made about Brian Warner, her imaginative retelling of the making of the ‘Heart-Shaped Glasses’ music video 15 years ago is the most brazen and easiest to disprove, because there were multiple witnesses.”
King added that Wood was “fully coherent” and “heavily involved” during the making and editing of the video. He also mentioned, “The simulated sex scene took several hours to shoot with multiple takes using different angles and several long breaks in between camera setups.”
Last year, Wood wrote on social media, “I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander or blackmail. I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives. I stand with the victims who will no longer be silent.”
Manson responded on Instagram, saying, “Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality.”
Meanwhile, people can start watching Phoenix Rising on HBO Max in March.