Marilyn Manson has filed a lawsuit against his ex-fiancée Evan Rachel Wood, alleging that she and her partner defamed him in order to destroy his career.
The shock rock artist, 53, claims that actor Wood, 34, and artist Illma Gore have made sexual abuse allegations against him and hacked his social media accounts and computers for profit.
Manson, real name Brian Warner, has filed his lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court and is seeking a jury trial, US media reports.
The complaint states, “This action arises out of the wrongful and illegal acts committed in furtherance of a conspiracy by defendant Evan Rachel Wood and her on-again-off-romantic partner, defendant Ashley Gore, aka Illma Gore, against plaintiff Brian.” Warner, p/k/a Marilyn Manson, publicly cast as a rapist and abuser — a malicious untruth that derailed Warner’s successful music, television and film career.”
The Westworld actor has accused Manson of sexually, physically and emotionally abusing her throughout their relationship.
In Wood’s forthcoming documentary Phoenix Rising, she alleges that Manson “essentially raped her” while filming the music video for his 2007 single “Heart-Shaped Glasses.”
Manson’s attorney Howard King said in January: “Of all the false claims Evan Rachel Wood has made about Brian Warner, her imaginative retelling of the making of the ‘Heart-Shaped Glasses’ music video 15 years ago is the most outrageous and the easiest to refute because it several witnesses.
“Brian didn’t have sex with Evan on set and she knows that’s the truth.”
Wood met Warner in 2005 when she was 18 and Manson was 38. They got engaged in 2010 but ended their relationship a few months later.
Further in the complaint, King describes Gore as “a crook who understood that an organized attack on Warner – spearheaded by Wood’s own fabricated exposure of rape and abuse – could benefit them both.”
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With Gore’s help, Wood could be transformed from someone who ‘might be best known for dating Marilyn Manson ten years ago’ to an outspoken standard-bearer for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault – and with it her reputation absolve a ‘wild past’ and her embarrassment at having been in a long-term relationship with Marilyn Manson,” he said.
King also alleges that Wood and Gore “surreptitiously recruited, coordinated, and pressured potential accusers to surface concurrently with allegations of rape and abuse” for profit.
Representatives from Wood and Gore have been contacted for comment.
Manson began investigating the allegations last year after the LA County Sheriff’s Department received reports of domestic violence and sexual assault between 2009 and 2011.
In November 2021, officers searched Manson’s home and confiscated media storage devices, among other things.
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