In a new documentary premiered at Sundance, Wood claimed she was ‘coerced into a commercial sex act under false pretences’
Evan Rachel Wood in a scene from Phoenix Rising. Photograph: Olivia Fougeirol/AP
The Guardian-Laura Snapes
The actor Evan Rachel Wood has accused the rock musician Marilyn Manson of raping her on the set of the music video for his 2007 single Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand).
In Phoenix Rising, a new documentary about her life and career which premiered at the 2022 Sundance film festival, Wood said that during a previously discussed “simulated sex scene”, Manson “started penetrating me for real” once the cameras were rolling.
“I had never agreed to that,” she said.
She said she was fed absinthe on the set of the video, in which she plays a character styled as Lolita, and was barely conscious to object to Manson’s alleged actions.
The Guardian has contacted representatives for Manson, born Brian Warner, for comment.
Wood said that she had “never been on a set that unprofessional in my life up until this day. It was complete chaos and I did not feel safe. No one was looking after me.”
She said she didn’t know how to advocate for herself or say no “because I had been conditioned and trained to never talk back – to just soldier through” and claimed that the crew “was very uncomfortable and nobody knew what to do”.
She said the alleged incident made her feel “disgusting and like I had done something shameful”.
“I was coerced into a commercial sex act under false pretences. That’s when the first crime was committed against me and I was essentially raped on camera.”
She said that Manson gave her “really clear” instructions on how she should describe the video to journalists. “I was supposed to tell people we had this great, romantic time and none of that was the truth,” she says.
“But 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.”
Manson, however, teased the media with the notion that there was truth to the video’s apparent “realism”.
Wood previously accused Manson, with whom she was in a relationship from 2007 to 2010, of grooming her when she was a teenager and said he “horrifically abused me for years. I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission.”
Wood met Manson in 2006. She was 18, he was 38.
She is among a number of women, including Game of Thrones actor Esmé Bianco, who have accused Manson of sexual and physical violence involving torture.
Manson has denied the charges made against him, calling them “horrible distortions of reality … my intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual”.
He is facing up to four lawsuits accusing him of sexual assault, battery and harassment as well as an investigation into allegations of domestic violence incidents by the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department, which raided his home in November 2021.