Marilyn Manson Sues Evan Rachel Wood for Defamation

Manson's suit claims that Wood and her "on-again, off-again romantic partner" Illma Gore committed "wrongful and illegal acts done in furtherance of a conspiracy"

Photo: Evan Rachel Wood by Gage Skidmore (left), Marilyn Manson by Andreas Lawen (right)

BY Kaelen BellPublished Mar 2, 2022

Marilyn Manson has filed a defamation suit against Evan Rachel Wood, with Wood's "on-again, off-again romantic partner" (as described in the suit) Illma Gore named as a defendant. 

As reported by Deadline, Manson is seeking a jury trial for the suit, which claims that Wood and Gore committed "wrongful and illegal acts done in furtherance of a conspiracy… to publicly cast Plaintiff Brian Warner, p/k/a Marilyn Manson, as a rapist and abuser — a malicious falsehood that has derailed Warner's successful music, TV, and film career."

In the suit, Manson and his attorney Howard E. King claim that Wood and Gore reached out to the musician's past romantic partners to gather information about their experiences with him. The suit states that the two women "provided checklists and scripts to prospective accusers, listing the specific alleged acts of abuse that they should claim against Warner." 

In addition to that claim, Manson and his lawyer say that Wood and Gore impersonated an FBI agent "to create the false appearance that Warner's alleged 'victims' and their families were in danger, and that there was a federal criminal investigation of Warner ongoing."

Wood publicly named Manson — real name Brian Warner — as her abuser for the first time last year. In the wake of her disclosure, several women came forward with their own stories of abuse at the hands of Manson, who is currently facing several lawsuits for psychical and psychological abuse, rape and sexual assault. 

Wood is the subject of director Amy Berg's upcoming documentary Phoenix Rising, in which the actor alleges that Manson "essentially raped" her during the filming of the music video for Manson's 2007 single "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)." The documentary airs on HBO later this month.

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