Marilyn Manson has denied “essentially raping” Evan Rachel Wood on camera while filming a music video in 2007.
In a new documentary phoenix rebornwhich premieres at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday (January 23), Wood says that Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, “started really penetrating me” during a “sex scene” that was supposed to be “simulated”.
Wood, who was 20 at the time, alleges he was given absinthe on the set of the video, in which he was styled after a character in the 1962 Stanley Kubrick film. Lolita, about a man who becomes sexually obsessed with an underage girl.
“It’s nothing like I thought it was going to be,” says Wood in the documentary. “We are doing things that were not what they proposed to me. We talked about a simulated sex scene, but once the cameras started rolling, he started to really penetrate me. I had never agreed to that… It was complete chaos.”
“I didn’t feel safe,” she adds. “Nobody took care of me. It was a really traumatizing experience shooting the video. I felt disgusting and that I had done something shameful, and I realized that the crew was uncomfortable and nobody knew what to do.
Wood says in the documentary that Manson, who was 38 at the time, “forced” her to perform a commercial sex act under false pretenses.
“That’s when the first crime was committed against me,” he says. “I was basically raped on camera.”
In response to the independentManson’s attorney, Howard King, said: “Of all the false claims 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 easy “. to refute, because there were several witnesses.
“Not only was Evan totally consistent and committed throughout the three days of shooting, but he was also very involved in the weeks of pre-production planning and the days of post-production editing of the final cut. The simulated sex scene took several hours to shoot with multiple takes using different angles and several long pauses between camera setups.
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“Brian didn’t have sex with Evan on that set, and she knows that’s the truth.”
In the documentary, Wood claims that Manson told him that “I was supposed to tell people that we had this great romantic time and none of it was true.”
She adds: “I was afraid that I would do something that would upset Brian in any way. The video was just the beginning of the violence that would continue to escalate throughout the relationship.”
Wood has alluded to being a survivor of domestic abuse and sexual assault in various interviews over the years, but did not publicly accuse Manson by name until February of last year.
“My abuser’s name is Brian Warner, known to the world as Marilyn Manson,” she wrote in a post on Instagram. “He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horribly abused me for years.”
On the same day that Wood shared her allegations, four other women accused Manson of mental, physical and emotional abuse, and sexual and physical violence. He has now been accused of abuse by more than 12 women, including game of Thrones actor Esme Bianco.
Manson previously denied all allegations of abuse, calling them “horrible distortions of reality.”
First part of two parts phoenix reborn airs in its entirety later this year on HBO. Elsewhere in the documentary, Wood said Manson had an “obsession” with Hitler and called the Nazi leader “the first rock star.”
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