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Evan Rachel Wood is 'not scared' of defamation lawsuit Marilyn Manson filed against her


Evan Rachel Wood, appearing on The View Monday, said she was not scared over the recent defamation lawsuit Marilyn Manson filed against her.

‘I can’t, obviously, speak about any of the specific allegations of the lawsuit, but I am not scared,’ Wood, 34, said on the ABC show, prior to the debut of her new documentary Phoenix Rising: Don’t Fall.

In the documentary, Wood claims the musician, 53, sexually assaulted and emotionally abused her during the time they were in a relationship from 2006 until 2010.

The latest: Evan Rachel Wood, 34, appearing on The View Monday, said she was not scared over the recent defamation lawsuit Marilyn Manson filed against her

The latest: Evan Rachel Wood, 34, appearing on The View Monday, said she was not scared over the recent defamation lawsuit Marilyn Manson filed against her

In the suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court earlier this month, Manson said in court docs that the actress and artist Illma Gore had engaged in a ‘conspiracy’ to smear him as ‘a rapist and abuser’ in an effort to sabotage his ‘successful music, TV, and film career.’

The Westworld star said that Manson’s tactics are part of the systemic issues when people in power look to silence accusers.

‘I am sad, because this is how it works, this is what pretty much every survivor that tries to expose someone in a position of power goes through, and this is part of the retaliation that keeps survivors quiet,’ said The Wrestler actress. ‘This is why people don’t want to come forward, because this is – this was expected.’

Wood said she was undaunted by the allegations brought from The Beautiful People artist, whose real name is Brian Warner, in his suit.

In the documentary, Wood claims the musician, 53, sexually assaulted and emotionally abused her during the time they were in a relationship from 2006 until 2010. Manson and Wood were seen in 2006

In the documentary, Wood claims the musician, 53, sexually assaulted and emotionally abused her during the time they were in a relationship from 2006 until 2010. Manson and Wood were seen in 2006 

The Westworld star said that Manson's tactics are part of the systemic issues when people in power look to silence accusers

The Westworld star said that Manson’s tactics are part of the systemic issues when people in power look to silence accusers 

Wood, 34, said on the ABC show, 'I am very confident that I have the truth on my side and that the truth will come out'

Wood, 34, said on the ABC show, ‘I am very confident that I have the truth on my side and that the truth will come out’

‘I am very confident that I have the truth on my side and that the truth will come out, and that this is clearly timed before the documentary – this is the reason,’ Wood said. ‘So yes, again, I’m not doing this to clear my name, I’m doing this to protect people. I’m doing this to sound the alarm that there’s a dangerous person out there and I don’t want anybody getting near him.

‘People can think whatever they want about me, I have to let the legal process run its course. And I’m steady as a rock.’

On the ABC talk show, Wood opened up about the long-term ramifications of the abuse she said she and others suffered at the hands of Manson.

On the ABC talk show, Wood opened up about the long-term ramifications of the abuse she said she and others suffered at the hands of Manson

On the ABC talk show, Wood opened up about the long-term ramifications of the abuse she said she and others suffered at the hands of Manson

She said of Manson's suit: 'People can think whatever they want about me, I have to let the legal process run its course. And I'm steady as a rock'

She said of Manson’s suit: ‘People can think whatever they want about me, I have to let the legal process run its course. And I’m steady as a rock’

‘The acts of violence that he committed against me and a number of other victims – men and women – are absolutely horrific, but the most insidious thing that he did and that people like him do is they completely fracture your sense of self,’ Wood said. ‘He made me forget who I was, and it’s taken me years to remember.

‘And it’s taken me years to get back to myself and to even understand what had happened to me, because I really thought I was the only one. And I didn’t find out until much later that not only was I not the only one, but that there was a pattern to his abuse. And that means it’s calculated, and that means he is not going to stop until he is stopped.’

In the first installment in the documentary, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, she said that the Beautiful People artist had sexually violated her in 2007 during the filming of his music video Heart-Shaped Glasses.

Wood in 2018 appeared in front of Congress in support of the nationwide implementation of the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights Acts, delivering testimony about past sexual abuse she had suffered without naming Manson at the time.

Wood said of Manson, 'He made me forget who I was, and it's taken me years to remember'

Wood said of Manson, ‘He made me forget who I was, and it’s taken me years to remember’

Wood would go on to name Manson as her alleged abuser in a February 2021 Instagram post, in which she said the musician ‘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.’

The Dope Show artist has been accused by at least 15 women of sexual assault, and has denied all claims.

His lawyer Howard King said in a statement, ‘As we detailed in our lawsuit, nothing that Evan Rachel Wood, Illma Gore or their hand-picked co-conspirators have said on this matter can be trusted. This is just more of the same.’

A rep for the musician told Entertainment Weekly Monday: ‘As we have stated from the beginning, Mr. Warner vehemently denies any and all claims of sexual assault or abuse of anyone.’

The first installment of Phoenix Rising: Don’t Fall is set to air on HBO Tuesday at 9/8c, with the second installment, Phoenix Rising: Stand Up, slated to air Wednesday at 9/8c.

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