Evan Rachel Wood responds to Marilyn Manson’s defamation suit


Evan Rachel Wood is not backing down on her abuse claims against ex Marilyn Manson despite being sued for defamation.

The actress, 34, appeared on “Good Morning America” Monday and said she stands by “everything that I have said about the abuse allegations.”

When asked whether the claims made against her in Manson’s suit were false, she replied, “I don’t believe I am legally allowed to comment on any of the allegations, but I am very confident that I have the truth on my side.”

The “Thirteen” star also made an appearance on “The View” Monday and reiterated her accusations that she had been “groomed” by the rocker, 53, at a very early age so that he could “manipulate” her.

She alleged Manson raped her on the set of his 2007 music video “Heart Shaped Glasses,” which both the singer and his lawyer denied.

“We would have to sit here for six hours for me to go through everything, honestly. But ultimately, yes, the acts of violence that he committed against me and a number of other victims — men and women — are absolutely horrific,” Wood said on “The View.”

“But the most insidious thing that he did, and that people like him do, is that they completely fracture your sense of self. He made me forget who I was.”

Marilyn Manson and Evan Rachel Wood sitting together at a table.
Manson alleged in his lawsuit that Wood and artist Illma Gore gave “co-conspirators” scripts to ensure all “talking points” got into their interviews.
E. Charbonneau

Wood also highlighted Manson’s other alleged sexual assault victims, claiming the “Beautiful People” performer has a “pattern to his abuse.”

At least 15 women — including actress Esmé Bianco — have accused Manson of various levels of sexual, psychological and physical abuse. He has denied all the allegations through his attorneys.

When Wood was again questioned about Manson’s lawsuit against her on “The View,” the “Westworld” actress responded, “I can’t obviously speak about any of the specific allegations of the lawsuit, but I am not scared, I am sad,” adding that this is “part of the retaliation that keeps survivors quiet, this is expected.”

In response to Wood’s TV appearances and her documentary, “Phoenix Rising,” Manson’s attorney, Howard King, told Page Six Tuesday, “As we detailed in our lawsuit, nothing that Evan Rachel Wood, Illma Gore or their handpicked co-conspirators have said on this matter can be trusted.

“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 [Warner, Manson’s real name]?”

In the lawsuit, filed on March 2, Manson accused Wood and her on-again, off-again girlfriend, Gore, of “conspiring” to defame him for their own monetary gain.

Wood first dropped the bombshell claim that Manson was her abuser in February 2021, stating he had allegedly “started grooming” her when she was a teenager and “horrifically abused” her for years.

The former couple dated from 2006 to 2010 and were briefly engaged.

Wood talked about the alleged abuse in more depth in her new HBO documentary, “Phoenix Rising.” In the two-part special, she alleges Manson had forced her to drink his blood and raped, cut and beat her without consent.

Wood also shared on “GMA” that she was “severely punished” one time when she went to Manson’s home to try to “defuse the situation” after he allegedly threatened suicide.

Manson’s attorneys alleged in the complaint that Wood and Gore, 30, have used their film project to “recruit, coordinate and pressure women who had been linked to Warner to make false accusations of abuse against him.”

In a previous statement to Page Six, Manson’s lawyer, King, also accused Wood and Gore of using an allegedly “fabricated FBI letter” to “convince others to join their crusade” and “dupe HBO into distributing a one-sided ‘documentary’ premised on the existence of an entirely fictitious federal investigation.

“Even though HBO and the producers have been made aware of these serious acts of misconduct, they have thus far chosen to proceed without regard for the facts,” the attorney said. “But the evidence of wrongdoing by Wood and Gore is irrefutable — and this legal action will hold them to account.”

Manson’s legal team reaffirmed to Page Six Tuesday, “As we have stated from the beginning, Mr. Warner vehemently denies any and all claims of sexual assault or abuse of anyone.”