Evan Rachel Wood, the actress best known for her work on Westworld, came forward with shocking details about her past relationship with singer Marilyn Manson. Premiering at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary Phoenix Rising discusses her work as an activist for sexual assault survivors and her own alleged abuse.

Though Evan Rachel Wood came forward about her experience in 2018, she did not name Marilyn Manson as her abuser until Feb. 2021. The two were romantically involved from 2006 to 2010. Speaking in Phoenix Rising, which was filmed before she went public, Evan Rachel Wood discussed horrifying experiences with Manson, who has denied all claims against him.

WARNING: The descriptions of events below are extremely graphic and could be disturbing to some readers.

According to the actress, it all started in 2007 during the filming of Manson’s “Heart-Shaped Glasses” music video, which was supposed to feature a simulated sex scene. Wood, who was 19 at the time, wore sunglasses in the video similar to the ones from the 1962 Stanley Kubrick film Lolita, in which an older man falls for an underage girl.

In the music video, Wood can be seen groping her genitals and having sex with Manson while fake blood drips on them, but it did not go down as “what was pitched to me,” according to Wood. Instead of simulated sex, the actress revealed in the new documentary that Manson essentially raped her once the camera started rolling.

“He started penetrating me for real,” she said. “I had never agreed to that … It was complete chaos. I did not feel safe. No one was looking after me. It was a really traumatizing experience.”

“I didn’t know how to advocate for myself or know how to say no because I had been conditioned and trained to never talk back— to just soldier through,” she continued. “I felt disgusting and that I had done something shameful, and I could tell that the crew was uncomfortable, and nobody knew what to do.”

“I was coerced into a commercial sex act under false pretenses,” Wood stated, alleging that Manson forced her to have sex on camera for all the world to see.

The video for “Heart Shaped Glasses,” which has yet to be taken down from video sites, has amassed over 29.7 million views on YouTube since its release.

Marilyn Manson has denied all of the allegations against him, even the shocking details made by Evan Rachel Wood
Marilyn Manson has denied all the allegations against him, even the shocking details made by Evan Rachel Wood. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

An unnamed source from the video shoot later backed up Wood’s claim to Rolling Stone, admitting that, “I do believe that there were some moments of actual intercourse.”

According to the source, “the crew was very uncomfortable,” and the whole shoot was shut down after “a take or two” when arguments between Manson and producers over the sex scene escalated.

“Everyone understood what kind of artist we were dealing with,” the source continued. “But we [were] not here to shoot an adult film. I’ve never encountered anything like that before or since in my career.”

Since leaving Manson in 2010, Evan Rachel Wood has fought for women’s rights and testified before the Senate to help pass the Phoenix Act in California, which extended the statute of limitations for domestic-violence from three years to five.

Only the first half of her new documentary, Phoenix Rising, premiered at Sundance, with the second part set to air on HBO later in the year. The film is directed by Amy Berg, whose 2006 documentary Deliver Us from Evil covered sex abuse cases stemming from the Roman Catholic Church.

Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, has yet to be convicted of any of his alleged psychological and sexual abuse. Most recently, Esme Bianco of Game of Thrones sued the singer claiming that he tortured, kidnapped, and threatened to rape her.

“This isn’t about revenge or, like, he’s a monster and he needs to be punished and destroyed,” Evan Rachel Wood said. “He’s already destroyed.”