UPDATE: Marilyn Manson has since shared the full defamation lawsuit online.
Marilyn Manson, aka Brian Warner, has filed a defamation lawsuit against his ex-fiancée Evan Rachel Wood and her partner Illma Gore. The move comes after Wood opened about the alleged abuse she suffered at the hands of the musician. Those accusations have since inspired Esmé Bianco, Ashley Walters, Ashley Morgan Smithline and many other women to come forward with disturbing allegations against the singer.
Rolling Stone shared a summary of the lawsuit:
“Warner’s lawsuit claims Wood and Gore impersonated an FBI agent to give the appearance that a federal investigation into Warner’s alleged crimes was ongoing. They allegedly sent letters from this agent to women who would later make public allegations against Warner to suggest that they were in danger. Warner also claims that Wood and Gore “provided checklists and scripts to prospective accusers, listing the specific alleged acts of abuse that they should claim against Warner” and that they made false statements to these women “including the defamatory claim that Warner filmed the sexual assault of a minor.”
The suit also claims that Gore attempted to obtain Warner’s login information and hacked into his computer, phone, and email. She allegedly created a fake email account to claim Warner was sending people pornography and that she “swatted” Warner (sending police to look into the artist under a false pretense) after Wood came forward with her allegations.”
Warner himself also commented on social media:
“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.”
His lawyer, Howard King, also issued a statement to Rolling Stone, saying his client has also taken issue with the HBO documentary “Phoenix Rising” (out March 15), which focuses on Wood’s abuse allegations:
“This detailed complaint has been filed to stop a campaign of malicious and unjustified attacks on Brian Warner. Years after the end of Evan Rachel Wood’s long-term relationship with Warner, she and her girlfriend Illma Gore recruited numerous women and convinced them to make false allegations against him — claims that Wood and Gore scripted for them. … 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. But the evidence of wrongdoing by Wood and Gore is irrefutable – and this legal action will hold them to account.”