Marilyn Manson accuser recants sex abuse allegations, model says Evan Rachel Wood pressured her to make fake rape allegations

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Model Ashley Morgan Smithline previously accused Marilyn Manson of psychological, physical, and sexual abuse while they were dating in 2010. However, Smithline now says that those accusations are "false."

In June 2021, Smithline filed a lawsuit against Manson – whose real name is Brian Warner. Smithline accused Manson of sexual assault, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, human trafficking, and unlawful imprisonment. Smithline said she had a "brief, consensual sexual relationship" with Manson, but claimed it became dark.

Rolling Stone reported, "She says she woke one day from an unconscious state with her wrists and ankles bound and Warner was penetrating her."

The lawsuit alleged, "On yet another occasion, Mr. Warner threw a Nazi knife at Ms. Smithline, only barely missing her face. Mr. Warner also burned Ms. Smithline."

Smithline accused Manson of whipping, biting, and cutting her with a knife to brand her thigh with his initials.

Manson, 54, denied the allegations in a July court declaration, adding that his relationships with three accusers were "consensual."

"I never abused, assaulted, raped, threatened, or trafficked any of these women, as they contend," Manson declared, according to court documents. "Their accusations against me of abuse, assault, rape, threats, and the like are unequivocally false."

Last month, Smithline's lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice by a Los Angeles judge after nearly two years. The lawsuit was dismissed because Smithline failed to represent herself in court or hire a new lawyer after her attorney Jay Ellwanger stopped representing her, according to People magazine.

Manson's attorney Howard King said in a statement, "We wish her well and will continue to work to assure that a significant price will be paid by those who have tried to abuse our legal system."

On Thursday, Smithline filed a declaration in Los Angeles Superior Court admitting that the accusations against Manson are "false." Smithline said that she was pressured by actress Evan Rachel Wood and others to falsely accuse the rocker of abuse.

"I succumbed to pressure from Evan Rachel Wood and her associates to make accusations of rape and assault against [Manson] that were not true," Smithline said in the declaration.

People magazine reported, "The model claims she was 'repeatedly gaslit' by Wood and others, including Ashley Walters, a former assistant of Manson's who sued him for sexual assault and battery in 2021, Wood's girlfriend Illma Gore, and 'Game of Thrones' actress Esmé Bianco to believe she'd been abused in ways similar to the ways they claimed they had been."

Bianco and Warner reached a settlement last month.

Smithline said she was contacted by either Walters or Gore around 2020 to participate in a group meeting with women who allegedly had "relationships or experiences" with Manson. The group call was filmed and featured on "Phoenix Rising" – a documentary about Wood's allegations of sexual abuse against Manson.

Smithline said Wood and others suggested that she "may just be misremembering" and "repressing" her memories of the alleged abuse by Manson.

"I remember [Wood] asked me whether I had been, among other things, whipped, chained, tied up, branded/cut, assaulted while sleeping, beaten, or raped. She said all of these things happened to Ms. Wood and others, and that when Ms. Wood was with [Manson] every moment was a moment of survival," Smithline wrote in the declaration. "When I said, 'No this did not happen to me and this was not my experience,' I recall being told by Ms. Wood that just because I could not remember did not necessarily mean that it did not happen."

She wrote, "Eventually, I started to believe that what I was repeatedly told happened to Ms. Wood and Ms. Bianco happened to me."

The model claimed that she never saw the contents of her civil complaint before it was filed. Smithline also said she was "pressured" by her attorney to go on a press tour to speak about the accusations against Manson.

In May 2021, she did an interview with People magazine.

Ellwanger said the accusations that he did not show Smithline the contents of the civil complaint "are categorically and verifiably false."

Smithline confessed that her 2021 civil complaint contained untrue statements" about Manson, "including that there was violence and non-consensual sexual activity."

A representative for Wood said in a statement, "Evan never pressured or manipulated Ashley. It was Ashley who first contacted Evan about the abuse she had suffered. It's unfortunate that the harassment and threats Ashley received after filing her federal lawsuit appear to have pressured her to change her testimony."

At least 15 women have accused Manson of sexual assault, and four women filed lawsuits against the singer.

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Evan Rachel Wood says ex Marilyn Manson forced her to cook dinner after her abortion, repeatedly struck her with Nazi whip, and used electrodes on her genitals

Actress Evan Rachel Wood says her ex-fiancé demanded she cook him dinner in the hours following her 2011 abortion, the New York Post reported on Monday.

She also detailed other disturbing abuse allegations against the musician, with whom she was in a relationship from 2007 to 2011.

What are the details?

Wood — now an advocate for sexual assault and trafficking survivors — in her recent documentary, "Phoenix Rising," said that she realized she was pregnant in 2011 while filming for "Mildred Pierce."

“From the beginning of our relationship, he always had an issue with whatever birth control I was using — and I went through, like, every type to see which one he liked, and he didn’t like any of them, so essentially he didn’t want me using birth control,” Wood said, noting that the musician — whose real name is Brian Warner — refused to wear condoms.

Wood said that she ultimately decided to terminate the pregnancy, and in the hours following the invasive procedure was told to cook dinner.

“He flew out for the abortion,” Wood recalled of the moments she decided to end her child's life. “The second it was over it was like, ‘Make me dinner.’ And I remember being like, ‘I’m supposed to be resting — my body has gone through this trauma ... there’s aftermath here.’ And he didn’t care.”

Wood said that the emotionally scarring incident — and more in the same vein — drove her to try to commit suicide.

“I went into the bathroom and I took [a] glass and I shattered it on the floor and just started digging at my wrists as hard as I could,” Wood said of the unsuccessful suicide bid. “When I woke up, I felt different. I feel like whoever I was went to sleep and didn’t wake up that night, and this new version woke up and had to start rebuilding her life. I called my mom and I said, ‘I just tried to kill myself, and I need to go to a hospital, like, immediately.'"

Wood in the documentary said that the rocker used to rape her in her sleep.

“I’d wake up, I just remember doing the mental math quickly and thinking, ‘Just stay, just stay asleep, don’t move, just don’t move.’ So I would just lie limp and still until it was over, and then I swear to God, he would just fling my leg and walk out of the room,” she said, and went on to accuse him of sexual torture including being repeatedly struck with a "Nazi whip" as she knelt on a prayer kneeler inside his home and using electrodes on her genitals.

“It hurt so bad that I broke the kneeler in half,” Wood recalled. “I remember in that moment thinking, ‘Just tell him whatever he wants to hear, just tell him whatever he wants to hear’ ... and I said, ‘I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry.’ I was begging for forgiveness, and he was cradling me and saying, ‘You understand now.’ And then he cut open his hand ... and made me drink his blood. And then he cut me ... and drank mine.”

At least 15 women have come forward and accused the musician of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident, and Warner has said that he "vehemently denies any and all claims of sexual assault or abuse of anyone"

Warner on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Wood in L.A. Superior Court and said that she defamed him with rape allegations.

“As we detailed in our lawsuit, nothing that Evan Rachel Wood ... [or her] hand-picked co-conspirators have said on this matter can be trusted,” Warner's attorney, Howard King, told the outlet in a statement. “This is just more of the same.”

Actress Evan Rachel Wood says rocker Marilyn Manson raped her on camera: 'Nobody knew what to do'

Actress Evan Rachel Wood says that musician Marilyn Manson, 53, raped her on camera while the two filmed a scene for his 2007 single, "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)."

Wood — now an advocate for sexual assault and trafficking survivors — opened up on the alleged experience during "Phoenix Rising," a documentary that premiered over the weekend at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

The project focuses on Wood's life and career.

What are the details?

In the documentary, Wood, 34, said that the entertainer — whose real name is Brian Warner — "started penetrating [her] for real" during what was supposed to be a simulated sex scene for the 2007 music video.

"I had never agreed to that," Wood said, noting that she was plied with absinthe while on the set of the music video, which she called the most unprofessional she'd ever visited.

Wood — who would have been around 19 years old at the time of the alleged rape — qualified, "It was complete chaos [and] I did not feel safe. No one was looking after me."

"It [was] nothing like I thought it was going to be,” Wood said. “[We were] doing things that were not what was pitched to me. We had discussed a simulated sex scene, but once the cameras were rolling, he started penetrating me for real. I had never agreed to that. ... It was complete chaos. I did not feel safe. No one was looking after me. It was a really traumatizing experience filming the video. I didn’t know how to advocate for myself or know how to say no because I had been conditioned and trained to never talk back — to just soldier through. I felt disgusting and that I had done something shameful[.]"

“I was coerced into a commercial sex act under false pretenses,” Wood added. “That’s when the first crime was committed against me. I was essentially raped on-camera.”

The crew, she added, was "very uncomfortable and nobody knew what to do."

A former crew member, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the documentary's production team that he believed that there were "some moments of actual intercourse" during the filming of the music video.

"The crew was very uncomfortable," the source said and noted that production shut down the scene after "a take or two."

“Everyone understood what kind of artist we were dealing with. But we’re not here to shoot an adult film,” the source added. “I’ve never encountered anything like that before or since in my career. It’s never real, ever. That’s something that only happens in the adult film industry.”

'I was scared to do anything that would upset Brian in any way'

Wood, who went on to become Warner's girlfriend and eventually his fiancée, said that throughout the relationship he manipulated, used, and abused her.

"I was supposed to tell people we had this great, romantic time and none of that was the truth," Wood explained. "But I was scared to do anything that would upset Brian in any way. The video was just the beginning of the violence that would keep escalating over the course of the relationship."

Manson has yet to issue any public statements on the allegations from Wood — which are the latest in a years-long string of disturbing allegations of sexual, physical, and emotional violence against the shock rocker.

Wood in 2021 first publicly announced that she'd been a victim of Warner's abuse and said that he began grooming her when she was just a teenager.

"I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander, or blackmail," she said at the time. "I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives."

She added, "I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent."

Warner at the time denied that he abused Wood.

According to a report from USA Today, Warner's legal team told film executives that their client "vehemently denies any and all claims of sexual assault or abuse of anyone"

"These lurid claims against my client have three things in common — they are all false, alleged to have taken place more than a decade ago and part of a coordinated attack by former partners and associates of Mr. Warner who have weaponized the otherwise mundane details of his personal life and their consensual relationships into fabricated horror stories," the statement added.

Anything else?

Warner in 2009 said that during one particularly nasty breakup with Wood, he called her 158 times in one day and cut his face and hands with a razor blade.

"I wanted to show her the pain she put me through," he said. "It was like, ‘I want you to physically see what you’ve done.’”

Warner added that he had “fantasies every day about smashing her skull in with a sledgehammer.”

Actress Evan Rachel Wood accuses musician-actor Marilyn Manson of underage grooming, 'horrific' abuse — and then more women come forward

Actress Evan Rachel Wood says that her ex-fiancé, musician and actor Marilyn Manson, "horrifically abused" and "brainwashed" her, even grooming her as a teenager.

Wood and Manson began dating in 2007 when she was 19 years old and he was 38.

What are the details?

Wood, 33, says that Manson — real name Brian Warner — carried out heinous acts of abuse on her during their relationship.

In a Monday morning Instagram post, Wood wrote, "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."

Her post continued, "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."

Indeed, in 2009, Manson told Spin magazine that he often "fantasized about smashing [Wood's] skull in with a sledgehammer" after they broke up at one point during the tumultuous affair.

Wood first spoke of experiencing partner abuse during a 2016 Rolling Stone interview. She did not announce the name of her alleged abuser at the time, saying only that she endured disturbing abuse.

In 2018, Wood testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee in support of the Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights, saying that she personally experienced "toxic mental, physical, and sexual abuse" and more. She did not announce the name of her alleged abuse at that time, either.

Wood's latest allegations opened up a floodgate of other women who reported having been abused by the performer.

Some of the women report experiencing rape, torture, physical abuse, death threats, and more.

What other women are saying

According to a Monday Vanity Fair report, a bevy of other women have come forward with alleged experiences of their own.

In a since-deleted Instagram post, Ashley Walters, a woman who was seen in public with Manson in 2011, writes, "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. 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."

Another woman, Sarah McNeilly, said that she, too, suffered from PTSD after her entanglement with Manson.

"I have been afraid to bring any spotlight upon myself as to avoid winding up in his crosshairs again," she admitted. "As a result of the way he treated me, I suffer from mental health issues and PTSD that have affected my personal and professional relationships, self-worth, and personal goals. I believe he gets off on ruining people's lives. I stand in support of all that have and all will come forward. I want to see Brian held accountable for his evil."

McNeilly said that she was initially lured in as Manson posed as "the perfect boyfriend," "claiming he was just misunderstood."

"I was locked in rooms when I was 'bad,' sometimes forced to listen to him entertaining other women," she wrote. "Kept away from certain friends or if I didn't he would threaten to come after them. I was told stories of others who tried to tell their story and their pets ended up dead. I wasn't allowed to go near other artists working on the same set, as he told me they had aids and were disgusting and if I did so he would be very upset and 'I wouldn't want that.'"

She later wrote, "I was thrown up against a wall and he threatened to bash my face in with the baseball bat he was holding, for trying to get him to pick out a pair of pants prior to a music video."

A woman named Gabriella added, "It has taken me five years to speak out and say that I was in an abusive relationship. I have been diagnosed with PTSD and still suffer from nightmares. I blocked out a lot of the memories, but the feelings remain and manifest in different ways. The reason I'm finally sharing this traumatic experience is for my healing and because I'm done being silent. I don't believe it's fair for someone to not be held accountable for their horrific actions. I'm not a victim. I'm a survivor."

She also insisted that the performer forced her to take drugs, made fun of her black heritage, and cut her while the two had sex.

A woman by the name of Ashley Lindsay Morgan wrote, "I have night terrors, PTSD, anxiety, and mostly crippling OCD. I try to wash constantly to get him out or off of me. ... I am coming forward to he will finally stop,"

What else?

In 2011, a police report was issued against Manson for "alleged sex crimes," according to Vanity Fair. He denied all accusations of wrongdoing through his attorney, the outlet reported, and later issued a statement in 2020 denying any such allegations by Wood.

"Unfortunately we live in a time where people believe what they read on the internet, and feel free to say what they want with no actual evidence," a spokesperson for the performer said at the time. "The effects can be catastrophic and promoting non-fact-based information is wholly irresponsible."

In November, Loudwire asked Manson to respond to reports of abuse.

In a lengthy statement, a spokesperson for the entertainer said:
Personal testimony is just that, and we think it's inappropriate to comment on that.

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.

You then mention Mickey Rourke. 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.

Your next couple of points deal with comments Manson made in Spin magazine in 2009. Your confusion around the timeline of this is extremely worrying. The comments in Spin where Manson had a fantasy of using a sledgehammer on Evan and he cut himself 158 times was obviously a theatrical rock star interview promoting a new record, and not a factual account. The fact that Evan and Manson got engaged six months after this interview would indicate that no one took this story literally.

You go on to talk about Manson commenting on sexual harassment, Me Too and specifically the experiences of his ex partner Rose McGowan. These are all issues that Manson has publicly addressed and are available online. Please see Channel 4 interview from 15th December 2017.

Manson has never shied away from public comment – equally he does not have to make the same comment twice.

There will be no further comment on specific songs. Your journalist had the opportunity to ask Manson about his music – one of only two interviews granted in the UK – and he chose not to. Trying to weave one section of one song from an artist with a 30 plus year career to fit a narrative is both disingenuous and troublesome.
You mention Manson's ex fiancée Rose McGowan in your questions. Rose is one of the bravest and most outspoken figureheads of the Me Too movement. Manson remains friends with McGowan and she talks very fondly of their three a half years together. There are multiple sources worldwide. I link to a Washington Post article on McGowan's memoir 'Brave' (2018).

You fail to mention Manson's ex-wife Dita Von Teese, who remains good friends with Manson. Quoting from a Female First article published in 2018, 'Dita admits she has been “lucky" to avoid any abusive episodes in the entertainment industry in her career'.

There are also numerous articles over multiple years where Evan Rachel Wood speaks very positively about her relationship with Manson. In's The Edit (2015): “I wouldn't trade any of [our relationship]," Wood told the mag. “I appreciate everything he taught me. I just don't think we were right for each other."

Finally you talk about death threats. Manson knows all about those – he has had many. He has spent his career being blamed for everything from Columbine to teenage suicide. Unfortunately, we live in a time where people believe what they read on the Internet, and feel free to say what they want with no actual evidence. The effects can be catastrophic and promoting non fact based information is wholly irresponsible. All we can try and do, as the media and individuals, is to use facts and truth and not hide behind gossip and conjecture to further our own agendas.

A spokesperson for Manson did not respond to TheBlaze's request for comment in time for publication.