Evan Rachel Wood named former fiance Marilyn Manson as her alleged abuser in a Feb. 1 Instagram post, and California’s Sen. Susan Rubio is demanding that the shock rocker be investigated.
The Westworld actress on Feb. 2 shared a letter that Rubio sent to Monty Wilkinson, the acting U.S. Attorney General, and Director Christopher Wray of the FBI on Jan. 21, asking for action to be taken, noting that several victims in her state had made “multiple allegations” against the musician and actor.
“The alleged victims have named Marilyn Manson, also known as Brian Hugh Warner, as the perpetrator. I ask that the U.S. Department of Justice meet with the alleged victims immediately and investigate these accusations,” she began her letter.
Rubio notes in her letter — which her office also shared with Vanity Fair — that she herself is a survivor of domestic violence and advocates for victims in the state she represents. “Since some of the alleged cases against Mr. Warner are from California, I am especially alarmed. Individuals who engage in this kind of abuse are often serial offenders,” she continues. “If these allegations are true, and no investigation is undertaken, we will be failing the victims and allowing a possible perpetrator to continue abusing unsuspecting victims. That must not be allowed to happen.”
The senator again called for Manson to be investigated after Wood shared her allegations on Instagram. Rubio said in a statement on Twitter: “These allegations of physical, emotional, and financial abuse against Marilyn Manson … must be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated.”
— Senator Susan Rubio (@SenSusanRubio) February 1, 2021
Billboard has reached out to Manson’s reps for comment.
Wood, who was engaged to Manson in 2010, had spoken in 2016 about being a sexual assault survivor, noting that one of her abusers was a significant other, but did not name the rocker at the time. In her post on Feb. 1, the actress not only named him, but alleged that he began grooming her when she was still in her teens, and that he “horrifically abused” her for years.” She claimed, “I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission.”
Since the actress came forward, four other women have shared allegations of abuse against Manson.
The musician denied the claims against him in an Instagram post Feb. 1. “These recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality. My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners,” his statement read. “Regardless of how — and why — others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”
After news of Wood’s allegations broke, Manson’s label Loma Vista announced that they have dropped the artist. Starz also said in a statement that the actor, who was originally set to appear in an upcoming episode of American Gods, would be removed from the episode. Shudder is also pulling an episode from its horror series Creepshow in which Manson had been set to appear. Talent agency CAA has also dropped the musician-actor.