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‘I’m Not Scared’: Evan Rachel Wood Speaks On Marilyn Manson Defamation Lawsuit

Evan Rachel Wood had a feeling her accused abuser, shock rocker Marilyn Manson, would not simply accept the allegations she made against him. 

Manson’s real name is Brian Warner, and Wood dated him from mid-2006 until 2011. Later, Wood asserted that Warner sexually assaulted her including an incident she described as being “essentially raped” during a music video shoot. The 2-part HBO documentary “Phoenix Rising” expands on these claims.

Now Warner is suing his ex for defamation, emotional distress, and “impersonation over the internet” and she is not surprised. She went on “The View” to discuss the situation. 

“I can’t obviously speak about any of the specific allegations of the lawsuit, but I’m not scared,” Wood said. “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 though, and this is part of the retaliation that keeps survivors quiet. This is why people don’t want to come forward. This was expected.”

Wood made headlines last year by going public with claims that Manson began grooming her as a teenager and then “horrifically abused” her for years. She also alleged the hardcore rocker “brainwashed and manipulated” her during their relationship. Originally the actress had kept her abuser’s name private but shocked fans by revealing it was Warner in an Instagram post.

Meanwhile, Marilyn Manson says none of this ever happened.

“There will come a time when I can share more about the events of the past year. Until then, I’m going to let the facts speak for themselves,” Warner tweeted earlier this month, linking to the pending lawsuit.

In a previous statement from his lawyers, Warner had said that he “vehemently denies any and all claims of sexual assault or abuse of anyone” and described the claims as “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.”

Further, Warner accused Wood and her friend, artist Illma Gore for hacking into his email and forging an FBI investigation letter.

“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,” Warner’s lawyer Howard King told USA Today. “This is just more of the same. But, then again, what else would you expect from a group who have spread falsehood after falsehood about Brian and even went as far as to forge an FBI letter to further their phony claims?”

The newest installment of “Phoenix Rising” was released Tuesday and includes even more shocking claims, including saying Warner made her drink his blood, hit her with a swastika-adorned Nazi whip, and shocked her private parts.

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