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Petition Demands YouTube Take Down Marilyn Manson Video That Evan Rachel Wood Alleges Was Assault
Evan Rachel Wood says in a new documentary that she was "essentially raped" the Marilyn Manson's 2007 music video for “Heart-Shaped Glasses."
Thousands are demanding that YouTube remove a Marilyn Manson video actor Evan Rachel Wood has alleged shows him assaulting her.
Wood, now 34, has claimed in the new HBO documentary “Phoenix Rising” that her ex-fiancé Manson, whose legal name is Brian Warner, assaulted her during the 2007 music video for Manson’s “Heart-Shaped Glasses.”
“That’s when the first crime was committed against me,” she says in the documentary. "I was essentially raped on-camera.”
The video featured Wood wearing heart-shaped glasses, an apparent homage to the underage girl in Vladimir Nabokov’s book “Lolita." Wood was 19 years old during the shoot and says she was given absinthe and was close to unconscious. The video features imagery of the pair engaged in sexual activity, which Wood now says was not consensual.
“While she might not be able to charge him as the statute of limitations passed, this video should not be on the internet,” a Change.org petition reads. As of Thursday morning, it had more than 3,2000 signatures.
“It’s nothing like I thought it was going to be,” Wood said in the documentary. “We’re doing things that were not what was pitched to me. We had discussed a simulated sex scene, but once the cameras were rolling, he started penetrating me for real. I had never agreed to that. … It was complete chaos. I did not feel safe. No one was looking after me.”
She characterized the experience as both “traumatizing” and “shameful.”
Wood and multiple other have accused Manson of abusing and sexually assaulting them. Wood began dating the 53-year-old “Antichrist Superstar” singer when she was in her late teens and he was in his late 30s. While she didn’t publicly name Manson until last year, Wood testified in 2018 before a House Judiciary subcommittee about her experiences as a rape and domestic violence survivor in an effort to get the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act passed nationwide.
Manson has vehemently denied all the allegations against him, which he has called "horrible distortions of reality."
"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," Manson said last year.
He recently filed a defamation lawsuit against Wood, accusing her of conspiring with others to portray him as a rapist and abuser, characterizations he said were "malicious falsehoods."