Weeks after actress Evan Rachel Wood publicly accused former fiancé Marilyn Manson of “horrifically” abusing her, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the rock star.
“The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Special Victims Bureau is investigating allegation(s) of domestic violence involving Mr. Brian Warner also known as ‘Marilyn Manson,’ who works in the music industry,” the department said in a statement Friday. “The incidents occurred between 2009 and 2011 when Mr. Warner lived in the city of West Hollywood.”
Wood, 33, was briefly engaged to Manson, 52, in 2010 after meeting him when she was 18 and he was 36.
“He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years,” Wood wrote in a February 1 Instagram post. “I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander, or blackmail, I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives.”
Manson denied the claims on his own Instagram that day.
“Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality,” he wrote. “My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how—and why—others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”
On February 11, actress Esme Bianco, 38, who dated Manson for three years, came forward with allegations as well, telling Good Morning America,”I was coerced, I was defrauded, I was transported from the U.K. to the U.S., I was harbored, and then I was coerced into involuntarily servitude, which included sexual abuse and physical abuse.”
In August, 2018, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced it had declined to pursue a case against Manson based on a police report filed against him for alleged unspecified sex crimes dating back to 2011 due to the statute of limitations and “absence of corroboration.”
In the wake of the latest allegations, however, Manson has been dropped by CAA as well as his record label, while Shudder has scrapped an episode of Creepshow that features Manson and he’s been edited out of an episode of Starz’s American Gods.
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