Evan Rachel Wood claims she was ‘essentially raped on camera’ by Marilyn Manson in part one of Phoenix rising, Wood’s new documentary that premiered Sunday night at the Sundance Film Festival.
The film details her recurring relationship with the rocker, who Wood says abused her “horribly” for years from 2006 to 2011. (“When I made my last escape,” she says in the film.)
In the 2007 video for “Heart-Shaped Glasses” from Manson’s sixth album eat me drink me, Manson dressed Wood in a pair of heart-shaped shades identical to the poster of lolita, Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 film about a man who falls in love with an underage girl. The video shows Wood groping his genital area and having sex with Manson (whose real name is Brian Warner) while fake blood rains down on the duo.
“[The glasses are] so iconic and it was meeting someone who had a sense of humor to know that, OK, people are going to make fun of it being a Lolita-style friendship/relationship, whatever the case,” Manson said. twirl in 2007.
“It’s not like I thought it was going to be,” Wood says in the Amy Berg-directed film. “We are doing things that did not correspond to what was proposed to me. We had discussed a fake sex scene, but once the cameras rolled, he started penetrating me for real. I had never accepted that… It was total chaos. I didn’t feel safe. No one took care of me. It was a really traumatic experience filming the video. I felt disgusting and had done something disgraceful and I could tell the crew was uncomfortable and no one knew what to do.
“I was coerced into a commercial sex act under false pretences,” Wood adds in the doc. “That’s when the first crime was committed against me. I was basically raped on camera.
In Phoenix rising, Wood says Warner was “very clear” about how she should describe the video when it appeared in interviews at the time. “I was supposed to tell people that we had a great romantic time and none of it was the truth,” she says in an article quoting her saying that sex wasn’t real flashes on love. ‘screen. “But I was afraid of doing anything that would upset Brian in any way. The video was just the start of the violence that would only escalate as the relationship progressed.
The first part of the two-part film, which will air in full later this year on HBO, explores Wood’s tumultuous relationship with Warner and its aftermath. The actress met Warner, then 38, in 2006 at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles when she was 18, and the pair soon began dating. “I think that [the age difference] helps to match my emotional immaturity,” he said in an interview at the time. “Being Marilyn Manson, I shouldn’t be expected to grow up conventional.
In the documentary, filmed in part before Wood publicly accused Warner of rape and physical abuse, Wood reads from diaries she kept at the time, pointing to what she calls, in hindsight, “red flags “: “We became good friends very quickly and kept growing in common – almost to a frightening point,” she reads aloud. (A rep for Manson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. .)
“At first it was very disguised as ‘I’m here to empower you and set you free. I’m here to show you who you really are,'” she says in the film. free and of which I was not ashamed.”
Warner said twirl in 2009 that after a breakup with Wood, “Every time I called him [on Christmas Day 2008] — I called 158 times — I took a razor blade and cut my face or my hands… I wanted to show her the pain she put me through. It was like, ‘I want you to physically see what you’ve done.'” He added that he had “fantasies every day about smashing his skull in with a hammer.”
Talk to rolling stone in 2016, Wood alluded to the past “physical, psychological [and] sexual abuse,” adding in an email the next day: “Yes, I was raped. By a significant other while we were together.
“Looking back on my relationship now, it was a classic domestic violence relationship,” she added to Self in 2019. “When I read about domestic violence, it’s like reading an autobiography.”
But she didn’t publicly accuse Warner by name until February 2021. “My attacker’s name is Brian Warner, known to the world as Marilyn Manson,” Wood wrote. “He started treating me as a teenager and horribly abused me for years.” On the same day, four other women went public with allegations of abuse against Warner, including mental abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual and physical abuse.
As part of an active investigation into Warner, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department raided his home last November and seized “media storage devices.” The raid came after rolling stone‘s expose on Warner, in which several women accused the rocker of sexual, physical and psychological abuse.
Phoenix rising details Wood’s later activism on behalf of sexual assault survivors. The film traces the creation of the Phoenix Law, a bill that extends the statute of limitations for survivors of domestic violence to sue their abusers. Activism, Wood says in the film, was spurred in part by hearing other women’s accusations of abuse against Warner.
Says Wood: “It was like finding out you were dating a serial killer.”
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