With the news of Marilyn Manson's abuse allegations sweeping the internet, his ex, Dita Von Teese, has opened up about her relationship with the star.
Her account of their 7-year relationship isn't at all what you'd expect...
Here's the full story...
Now, the allegations regarding Manson first came to light earlier this week following Evan Rachel Wood's shocking statement.
Wood has spoken about her experience with abuse quite candidly in the past. In a 2016 interview with Rolling Stone, the West World actress explained:
"I've been raped. By a significant other while we were together. And on a separate occasion, by the owner of a bar. I don't believe we live in a time where people can stay silent any longer. Not given the state our world is in with its blatant bigotry and sexism."
And, in 2018, she bravely described being abused in front of a House Judiciary Committee as part of a campaign to pass a bill of rights protecting abuse victims.
She did not name her abuser at the time but said:
"My experience with domestic violence was this: Toxic mental, physical and sexual abuse which started slow but escalated over time, including threats against my life, severe gas-lighting, and brainwashing."
Her testimony continued:
"I mustered the courage to leave several times, but he would call my house incessantly and threaten to kill himself. On one occasion, I returned to try and defuse the situation, he cornered me in our bedroom and asked me to kneel... Once I was restrained he beat me... To him, it was a way for me to prove my loyalty. The pain was excruciating. It felt like I left my body and a part of me died that day."
From this, Wood helped to create the Phoenix Act in 2019.
Signed into law by California Governor Gavin Newsom, the act extends the statute of limitations on domestic violence from 3 years to 5.
It took effect in January 2020.
Yet, throughout these incredible milestones, her abuser was never named.
Wood remained tight-lipped about who it was who had put her through such awful abuse - though, of course, people had their suspicions.
And all eyes were on one man in particular.
In 2007, a nineteen-year-old Wood went public with musician, Marilyn Manson, who was eighteen years her senior.
3 years later in 2010, the pair announced their engagement...
But, 7 months later, it was called off.
Now, Manson's public behavior with regards to his and Wood's relationship had been questionable for quite some time.
In Christmas 2008, when asked about their relationship, he had revealed:
"Every time I called her that day - I called 158 times - I took a razor blade..."
"I wanted to show her the pain she put me through. It was like, 'I want you to physically see what you've done'."
In 2009, Manson then told Spin:
"The song, 'I Want to Kill You Like They Do in The Movies' is about my fantasies."
And, when responding to a question about his relationship with Wood, he had replied:
"I have fantasies every day about smashing her skull in with a sledgehammer."
So, with all of this considered...
It is hardly surprising that suspicions surrounding Manson were rife.
And, late last year, when British music magazine, Metal Hammer, asked Manson about Wood's abuse allegations during a telephone interview...
He hung up.
His representatives later turned down a request for the singer to do another interview to clarify his story. "We have advised our client not to comment further on your article," said Manson's spokesman.
His reps quickly released a statement, which read:
"You then go on to talk about Manson being accused of 'terrible things' by unnamed 'critics' but offer no guidance on who these critics are and what these things are, so it's not possible to comment... It is my understanding that Evan Rachel Wood dated multiple people around the time she was dating Manson. Basic internet research will give you a host of other names that have not come up in any of our discussions."
But now, Wood has spoken out.
In a tell-all statement, the actress has finally revealed that Manson was her alleged abuser, after all these years of anonymity.
In the wake of her post, at least 4 other women have since come forward with similar stories about Manson, according to Vanity Fair.
"As he was wooing me, I would come to find out he was torturing others," accuser Sarah McNeilly wrote on Instagram.
"He would tie me up for the first of many times and rape me," alleged a woman named Gabriella.
"There was abuse, sexual violence, physical violence, and coercion. I still feel the effects every day. I have night terrors, PTSD, anxiety, and mostly crippling OCD," wrote accuser Ashley Morgan.
People have been praising Wood for speaking out...
so proud of evan rachel wood for coming forward and stating marilyn manson as her abuser— s a r a h (@m00ndazzee) February 1, 2021
it takes strength and courage to speak about & relive your trauma especially when they are a prominent figure
abusers need to be held accountable for their actions no matter who they are!
i’m so proud of evan rachel wood for speaking out about marilyn manson, but the thing is i remember her talking about what she went through with him so many years ago and it makes me sad that it took this long for people to really listen to her :(— lil baby (@Kaytaaaa) February 1, 2021
Power to you Evan Rachel Wood. 💪🏻— Emily Howe (@ehowe04) February 1, 2021
so much love for evan rachel wood— eloise (@violentdlight) February 1, 2021
All my ❤️❤️❤️❤️ is with Evan Rachel Wood and the numerous other survivors of Marilyn Manson’s abuse. Long overdue justice must come swiftly.— faye (@fayefellshort) February 1, 2021
I’m hurt and absolutely gutted by this stuff about Marilyn Manson. I fully support Evan Rachel Wood, and I hope she finally finds the peace and support she deserves— gianna ★ (@_nirvanacide_) February 1, 2021
Having worked around him at music venues, I am sadly unsurprised about Marilyn Manson. So proud of Evan Rachel Wood for coming forward with her story.— Joe Friday Higgins (@DeadJoeFriday) February 1, 2021
Evan Rachel wood just named her abuser for years: Marilyn Manson. Good for her & I knew it.— Hilary Dare (@HilaryDare) February 1, 2021
evan rachel wood has been very outspoken about the abuse she experienced but has never named her abuser. this morning she finally named marilyn manson. i believe evan rachel wood.— Michael Rancic (@therewasnosound) February 1, 2021
Here's her full statement.
"The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson. 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."
Now, Dita Von Teese has responded to those abuse allegations...
Von Teese was married to the artist between 2005 and 2006, although they had been together for 7 years prior.
She posted a message to Instagram that read, "I have been processing the news that broke Monday regarding Marilyn Manson. To those who have expressed your concerns of my well-being, I appreciate your kindness."
She continued, "Please know that the details made public do not match my personal experience during our 7 years together as a couple. Had they, I would not have married him in December 2005. I left twelve months later due to infidelity and drug abuse."
Von Teese added, "Abuse of any kind has no place in any relationship. I urge those of you who have incurred abuse to take steps to heal and the strength to fully realise yourself. This is my sole statement on this matter. Thank you for respecting this request."
Manson has denied all allegations published by Wood, Gabriella, Ashley Walters, Ashley Lindsay Morgan, and Sarah McNeilly, writing, "These recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality. My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners."
Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland, who'd previously played with Manson, said, "He's not a great guy… and every single thing that people have said about him is f*cking true."
Speaking to Space Zebra Live on Twitch, he said, "So relax about the allegations towards the women. Like when people say these women are coming after him right now… f*ck off, they are speaking the truth."
He continued, "I'm sorry to everyone on this podcast right now who doesn't like this. But that guy, he's amazingly talented, but he's f*cked up and he needs to be put in check, and he needs to get sober and he needs to come to terms with his demons."
Borland added, "He is a bad f*cking guy, and I was there when he was with Evan Rachel Wood. I was at his house. It's not f*cking cool, and that's all I'm gonna say about it."
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