Marilyn Manson accused of grooming, brainwashing and manipulation

Brian Hugh Warner, also known as Marilyn Manson. [Image credit: PA Images]

Monday, February 1, Evan Rachel Wood took to Instagram to name her abuser.


"The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson," she wrote.

"He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years.
"I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission.
"I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander, or blackmail.
"I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives.
"I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent."


Woods and Warner were in a relationship between 2007, when Woods was just 18 and Warner was 36, and August 2010.  In January 2010 the two were engaged, but that was called off.


Other women previously tied to Warner took to social media in support of Woods while stating that their experiences did not mirror hers.


Rose McGowan, who garnered much attention for her recent involvement in the #MeToo movement and accusations against Harvey Weinstein, said on Twitter, "I stand with Evan Rachel Wood and other brave women who have come forward. It takes years to recover from abuse and I send them strength on their journey to recovery. Let the truth be revealed. The the healing begin."


McGowan, who had been in a relationship with Warner between 1997 and 2001 and had been engaged to him for two of those years, said that while her relationship with him was "not like that," she acknowledged that "that has no bearing on whether he was like that with others before or after."


McGowan cited involvement in "Scarface" and Warner's use of cocaine as the reasons their relationship ended.


Warner's former wife, Dita Von Teese also issued a statement on social media saying, "Abuse of any kind has no place in any relationship," but that the allegations made "do not match my personal experience during our 7 years together as a couple. Had they, I would not have married him in December 2005."  Von Teese revealed, "I left 12 months later dur to infidelity and drug abuse."


Wood also revealed on her Instagram account the same day, that a letter had been written on January 21, 2021 from California State Senator Susan Rubio to Acting United States Attorney General Monty Wilkinson and Christopher Wray of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, requesting that the allegations against Warner be investigated.


"Individuals who engage in this kind of abuse are often serial offenders," Rubio wrote. "If these allegations are true, and no investigation is undertaken, we will be failing the victims and allowing a possible perpetrator to continue abusing unsuspecting victims. That must not be allowed to happen."


Warner issued his own statement addressing the allegations against him saying, "Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality. My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how - and why - others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth."


His statement denying the allegations though, was not enough to stop the repercussions.


The record label that released his most recent album, "We Are Chaos," Loma Vista Recordings made the decision to stop working with Warner.


“In light of today’s disturbing allegations by Evan Rachel Wood and other women naming Marilyn Manson as their abuser, Loma Vista will cease to further promote his current album, effective immediately. Due to these concerning developments, we have also decided not to work with Marilyn Manson on any future projects.”


The fall-out went so far as to reach his upcoming appearance in American Gods on Starz Network.


“Due to the allegations made against Marilyn Manson, we have decided to remove his performance from the remaining episode he is in, scheduled to air later this season. Starz stands unequivocally with all victims and survivors of abuse.”


Even Wes Borland, former guitarist for Marilyn Manson and now playing with Limp Bizkit weighed in on the allegations in an appearance on the Twitch channel "Space Zebra" saying, "He’s not a great guy. Every single thing that people have said about him is f---ing true."


“I’m sorry to everyone on this podcast right now who doesn’t like this. But that guy, he’s amazingly talented, but he’s f---ed up and he needs to be put in check and he needs to get sober and he needs to come to terms with his demons," Borland continued. "He is a bad f---ing guy."


“I was there when he was with Evan Rachel Wood, I was at his house, it’s not fucking cool. That’s all I’m gonna say about it."


Last night at about 6:00 pm, officers with the Los Angeles Police Department showed up at Warner's Hollywood Hills home to perform a welfare check after a friend had stated that they were unable to get in contact with him.  They initially failed to make entry to the residence and returned two hours later.


While they never made contact with Warner, they did reportedly make contact with a representative that stated Warner was fine and did not wish to go outside due to the presence of media.