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Actor Evan Rachel Wood will discuss her abuse allegations against Marilyn Manson will in an upcoming documentary that will hit HBO later this year.
Sundance Film Festival announced on Wednesday that a two-part documentary entitled “Phoenix Rising” will feature, in part, the accusations she made against the shock rocker last year. It is directed by Amy Berg, who produced other true crime documentaries such as “The Case Against Adnan Syed" in 2019 and "West of Memphis" in 2012.
The documentary will premiere at Sundance later this month and then it will air on HBO in a few months, Variety reports. The film has reportedly been in the works for about two years.
The film “intimately charts [Wood’s] journey as she moves toward naming her infamous abuser for the first time,” said press from the Sundance Festival.
Last year, Wood, 34 and multiple other women accused Manson, whose legal name is Brian Warner, 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.
“He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years," Wood alleged in a 2021 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. I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent.”
Over the past few years, Wood has become an activist, speaking out against domestic violence issues, but never publicly disclosed the name of any abuser until 2021. She 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 allegations, 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.
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