Evan Rachel Wood accused Marilyn Manson of raping her while filming the video for Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand).
The allegations came to light at Sundance Film Festival, where Phoenix Rising, a new documentary about her life and career, was premiered.
Evan Rachel Wood was 18, while Marilyn Manson was 35 when the two were a couple. Now, the 34-year-old Evan says that during simulated scenes, Manson started "penetrating me for real."
Continuing, Evan Rachel Wood stated:
"I was coerced into a commercial sex act under false pretenses. That's when the first crime was committed against me and I was essentially raped on camera."
The video in question has around 30 million views on Youtube.
The public will be able to hear the whole story once the movie hits HBO Max in March.
While Manson was playful about the video, claiming it had elements of "realism," the actress claims that she was instructed what to say to the media. She was also afraid of his reaction:
"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."
Wood and Manson dated from 2007 to 2010. They were engaged to be married.
Several women accused Manson of abuse, but he denied allegations, calling them "horrible distortions of reality … my intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual."
Phoenix Rising is directed by an Oscar-winning director Amy Berg. It is a follow-up to the creation of the Phoenix Act, legislation led by Wood that "extends the statute of limitations for survivors of domestic violence to pursue charges against their abusers." The legislation was signed into law in October 2019.
The first reviews of the docu-movie are primarily positive, claiming that Evan Rachel Wood does not hold back.