Evan Rachel Wood On Marilyn Manson’s Defamation Lawsuit: “I Have The Truth On My Side”

As previously reported, Marilyn Manson recently filed a defamation lawsuit against his ex-fiancée Evan Rachel Wood and her partner Illma Gore due to the disturbing abuse allegations that the “Westworld” actress leveled against him. Now, during a recent appearance on “The View,” Wood commented on the lawsuit, saying that she is confident that she has the truth on her side.

Wood said the following about Manson while discussing her HBO documentary “Phoenix Rising,” which chronicles the abuse allegations to “protect people” and “sound the alarm that there is a dangerous person out there”:

“In the first place, I was not drawn to him — he was drawn to me. He approached me under the guise of work, false promises. And that is part of the grooming process. He was grooming me the second he said hello. Grooming is when you present a false persona to somebody and you tell them lies to lure them into a false sense of security so that they become vulnerable around you. They start opening up, they start giving up their secrets and vulnerabilities. You’re mining information. It’s the epitome of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Once they have the information, once they know that you feel safe, they know that the manipulation can start.”

She later continued:

“Society around this issue is so geared around shame and victim blaming and that is by design. Even the way we speak about these things… we’re still asking victims the question why they didn’t leave. And the fact that we’re still asking that question tells me how much work there is to do. Nobody ever asks why the abuser didn’t leave. If he was so upset, if he hated you so much… ‘Why are you hitting her? Why don’t you just leave?’ We’re programmed to say these things and ask these questions, but we need to start asking different questions”

Wood also added the following when asked about the defamation lawsuit:

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

“I’m very confident I have the truth on my side and that the truth will come out and this this [lawsuit] is clearly timed before the documentary — there’s a reason. Again, I’m not doing this [film] to clear my name, I’m doing this to protect people. I’m doing this to sound the alarm that there is a dangerous person out there and I don’t want anybody getting near him. People can think whatever they want about me, I have to let the legal process run its course. I’m steady as a rock.”

“I have a platform. I’m privileged, I’m white. I have resources… and we should all be alarmed — I have these things in my corner and I’m still struggling.”

Since Wood made her initial statement in 2021, many other women have come forward with disturbing allegations against Manson including: Esmé Bianco, Ashley Walters, Ashley Morgan Smithline and more.

[via Loudwire]


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