Evan Rachel Wood Alleges Being Raped on Music Video Set
Over the weekend, Evan Rachel Wood further detailed the alleged abuse she faced at the hands of ex-partner Marilyn Manson, stating she was raped on set and on camera during a music video shoot.
The allegation is part of the upcoming documentary "Phoenix Rising — Part One: Don't Fall," which premiered Sunday at Sundance Film Festival. The film, directed by Amy Berg, chronicles Wood's life, including her four-year relationship with Manson from 2006 to 2010, beginning when Wood was 18. In February 2021, Wood alleged that Manson, 18 years her senior, groomed, abused and raped her during their partnership.
In "Phoenix Rising," set to premiere in full on HBO in March, Wood revealed the "first crime" of this alleged abuse occurred in 2007, on the set of the music video for the single "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)."
"We had discussed a simulated sex scene, but once the cameras were rolling, he started penetrating me for real," she said. "I had never agreed to that. I'm a professional actress, I have been doing this my whole life, I'd 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."
The "Westworld" actress also alleged she was given absinthe that rendered her barely conscious.
'I'd never been on a set that unprofessional in my life up until this day. It was complete chaos, and I did not feel safe.'
"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," Wood said. "I felt disgusting and like I had done something shameful, and I could tell that the crew was very uncomfortable and nobody knew what to do."
After the premiere, Wood explained the impetus for the documentary.
"It's time for me to tell the truth," Wood said in a virtual question-and-answer session. "It's time for me to finally tell my side. I can't have it told for me anymore, and people are going to believe whatever they're going to believe. It's not my job to convince people. I'm not lying. It's my job to tell the truth and that's what I've done."
Included in "Phoenix Rising" is a discussion of a proposal she wrote and championed that became law in California. The Phoenix Act, which passed in 2019, extended the statute of limitation on domestic violence felonies from three years to five.
Manson has denied Wood's allegations, as well as those made by other accusers, including his former assistant Ashley Walters and actress Esme Bianco.