Controversial singer and performer, Marilyn Manson, is under fire after actress Evan Rachel Wood started a movement by revealing details about her tumultuous relationship with the rockstar and detailing horrific allegations of manipulation of abuse. Wood took to social media Sunday evening and dropped an explosive post in which she called out Manson for allegedly grooming her at a young age into a relationship. Her revelation was immediately met with support from celebrities and other accusers who began sharing their eerily similar experiences with the singer.
It’s unclear what sparked Evan Rachel Wood to share her message over the weekend, but the “Westworld” star made it clear she is “done living in fear” of her experience with Marilyn Manson.
“The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson,” Wood wrote on Instagram.
“He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years. 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 many victims who will no longer be silent.”
Evan Rachel Woods’ accusations against Marilyn Manson sent shockwaves through Hollywood, as many others have accused the shock rocker of inappropriate behavior over the years.
A-listers immediately began offering love and support for Wood, with actress Selma Blair writing, “I love you,” and Anna Paquin commenting, “Your courage is inspiring,” and adding a hashtag that she stands by her friend.
After Evan Rachel Wood’s post went viral, at least 4 other women came forward and detailed similar accusations against Marilyn Manson.
One woman, a photographer named Ashley Walters, claims Manson connected with her on social media in 2010 for a photo shoot before pursuing her for a relationship. She claims he “gathered” personal information about her and began using it against her in a controlling and manipulative way.
“I continue to suffer from PTSD, and struggle with depression. I stayed in touch with quite a few people who went through their own traumas, under his control. As we all struggled, as survivors do, to get on with our lives, I’d keep hearing stories disturbingly similar to our own experiences,” Ashley wrote on Instagram.
She added, “It became clear the abuse he’s caused; he continues to inflict on so many and I cannot stand by and let this happen to others. Brian Warner needs to be held accountable.”