American actress Evan Rachel Wood accuses singer Marilyn Manson of raping her while taking advantage of the filming of one of her music videos. Evan Rachel Wood, known for her roles in the series Westworld or in the film Thirteen, makes her accusations in the HBO documentary Phoenix Rising, presented at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday January 24.
In this production, which shows the fight to increase the statute of limitations for sex crimes to allow victims to obtain justice, the actress looks back on the set in 2007 of the video for Heart-Shaped Glasses, one of the hits of Marilyn Manson, then his companion.
“We had talked about a simulated sex scene. But when the cameras were rolling, he started to really penetrate me”, says the young woman. “I never agreed to that,” she insists. Actress since childhood, she explains that she “didn’t know how to say no” because she had “been conditioned and trained never to answer, to go to the end at all costs”.
Evan Rachel Wood started dating Marilyn Manson in 2006 when she was 18. The singer was 37 at the time. “I was forced into a commercial sex act under a false pretext (…) I was raped in front of a camera”, she testifies. During the attack, “I can say that the team was very embarrassed and that nobody knew what to do”, adds the actress. According to the documentary, Marilyn Manson then pressured the young woman to assure reporters that there was no real sex scene during filming.
The singer’s attorney, Howard King, denied the accusations. “Of all of Evan Rachel Wood’s false claims about Brian Warner, his whimsical retelling of the ‘Heart-Shaped Glasses’ music video shoot 15 years ago is the most brazen and easiest to refute, for there were many witnesses,” he wrote in a statement to AFP.
Several women, like actress Esmé Bianco (Game of Thrones), have accused Marilyn Manson of rape and other assaults, which he denies. His record label Loma Vista Recordings and his talent agency CAA both severed relations with the singer following the accusations against him. However, he continues to record titles and appears in particular on the album “Donda” released last year by Kanye West.