- Marilyn Manson and Evan Rachel Wood were in a romantic relationship from 2007 to 2010.
- In February 2021, Wood accused Manson of “grooming” and “horrifically” abusing her.
- The singer denied the allegations and said they were “horrible distortions of reality.”
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Like many famous couples after a split, they went from dominating headlines to leading completely separate lives. The “Westworld” star, 33, married and eventually divorced actor Jamie Bell, while the “Coma White” singer, 52, tied the knot with photographer Lindsay Usich.
Their names rarely appeared together in the years that followed the breakup.
But as the actress began speaking out about her experiences with domestic abuse in recent years without identifying individuals, speculation arose as to whether or not she was referring to Manson.
People began sifting through the singer’s old interviews and inquiring about Wood’s statements.
Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, refrained from speaking on the matter.
However, things took a turn in February 2021, when Wood released a statement saying that Manson “groomed” and “horrifically” abused her for years.
The musician vehemently denied the accusations.
Now, Manson’s record label and talent agency have dropped him. He’s been scrubbed from upcoming projects. And his former romantic partners, collaborators, and fellow musicians are speaking out about the allegations.
Here’s a look at what we know about Wood and Manson’s early 2000s relationship and the events leading up to and following the actress’ accusations.
2005: Wood and Manson met at Chateau Marmont
The former child actress met Manson while attending a party at Chateau Marmont, a high-end Los Angeles hotel. She later told Elle that they were both “hiding in the corner of a party neither of us wanted to be at.”
“I met somebody that promised freedom and expression and no judgments, and I was craving danger and excitement,” Wood later told Rolling Stone.
Wood was 19 at the time, while the”Sweet Dreams” singer was 36 and married to dancer Dita Von Teese.
2007: They went public with their relationship
After Manson and Von Teese divorced in 2007, Wood said she and the musician “suddenly looked into one another’s eyes and knew” during an interview with Elle.
She began publicly dating the musician in 2007, a move she knew would be met with strong opinions.
“I looked at my mother one day and said, ‘Mom, I’m gonna get on this tour bus for eight months and see the world and have a crazy journey and find myself, and if people aren’t OK with that, I’m sorry, but I can’t live my life for other people,'” she told Rolling Stone.
Still, Wood said she was “demonized” for being with Manson.
“People would call me a w—- when I walked down the street, and you can’t not be hurt by that,” she added.
April 2007: Wood starred in an intimate, gory music video with Manson
The “Across the Universe” actress appeared in the music video for Manson’s song “Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand),” the first single from his sixth studio album, “Eat Me, Drink Me.”
In the video, Wood wears red heart-shaped sunglasses and partakes in graphic sex scenes with Manson.
At one point, both she and Manson are naked and covered in blood.
The singer felt inspired to write the song after seeing Wood in “Lolita glasses,” referring to Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial 1955 novel about a middle-aged man that falls in love with a 12-year-old, Manson explained during an interview with “Energy” in 2007.
“People think that because she’s younger than me that there’s a ‘Lolita’ relationship there. We thought that was very amusing to us,” he said.
Manson continued, “When I saw her wearing those, the first thing I said to her was, ‘If you break my heart, I’ll break your glasses.’ And I meant it in an almost violent way but also in a romantic way.”
He added that much of “Eat Me, Drink Me” was a result of his romance with Wood, who he called his “twin.”
As for Wood, she said the video shows that it’s OK to have “different, weird ideas about romance,” explaining that the blood-filled sex scene was “one of the most romantic moments of my entire life” during a 2007 interview with GQ.
She added that people would be “surprised at the kind of healthy, loving relationship” between the couple.
“I’m really just being me and growing up,” she said. “I’m sorry if I have blonde hair and blue eyes and my boyfriend looks like a vampire. What do you want me to do about it?”
July 2007: The actress talked about their ‘healthy’ relationship in an interview with Elle
Months after the release of the “Heart-Shaped Glasses” music video, Wood spoke highly of her then-boyfriend during an interview with Elle.
She said that they had a “healthy” and “loving” relationship, describing Manson as both “lovely” and “crazy,” which she went on to explain was “the highest compliment.”
Wood said that she felt “more creative than ever before” when she was with Manson, but added that people are still “cruel” about their romance.
“Surely the fact that we are both prepared to go through all this proves just how important – and real – our love is, no? Everyone is so worried that I’m losing myself but really I’m finding myself. I’ve never been more comfortable in my own skin,” she said.
November 2008: Wood denied a rumor that she and Manson broke up because he was ‘controlling’ and ’emotionally abusive’
She also shut down a rumor that they ended their relationship as a result of Wood’s brother getting kicked out of Manson’s guesthouse.
“Manson owns the house he lives in. My brother has never stayed there and the person that said such horrible things about Manson being ‘controlling’ and ’emotionally abusive’ is certainly no source ‘close’ to me,” Wood told People.
She continued, “Manson has been by my side and taken care of me through the best and worst times. I love him as a person and as an artist. I will always be proud to have been a part of that.”
June 2009: Manson said he called Wood ‘158’ times after they broke up and repeatedly ‘cut’ himself
Manson said that he tried to “grasp on and save” their relationship during an interview with Spin.
He recalled using a razor blade to “cut” himself each of the “158 times” that he called Wood. Manson reflected on his actions as “stupid” but “intentional.”
“This was a scarification, and this was like a tattoo. I wanted to show her the pain she put me through. It was like, ‘I want you to physically see what you’ve done,'” he said.
Manson then explained that the song “Into the Fire” is about his low point following their split, adding that a track called “I Want to Kill You Like They Do in The Movies” is about his “fantasies.”
“I have fantasies every day about smashing her skull in with a sledgehammer,” he said.
Manson and Wood eventually rekindled.
January 2010: They got engaged but broke up 8 months later
Manson proposed to Wood while he was performing on stage in Paris, People reported.
According to Us Weekly, they broke up eight months later.
August 2015: Wood said she appreciated their relationship but didn’t think they were ‘right for each other’
Two years after Wood and Manson called off their engagement, the actress married actor Jamie Bell. They had a son named Jack together but divorced in 2014.
During a 2015 interview with Net-A-Porter’s “The Edit,” Wood said that she “thought” she was in love with Manson but said that Bell was “the love of my life.”
She explained that she “wanted to break a mold” around the time she dated the musician but wasn’t with him to be intentionally “rebellious.”
“I knew I was edgier, more alternative, and weird. And [Marilyn] was just what I needed, because I felt really free with him. And that freedom was attractive,” she said.
Wood added that the criticism aimed at their relationship angered her, so she “pushed away even more.” Despite her and Manson’s split, the actress said she “wouldn’t trade” their relationship.
“I appreciate everything he taught me. I just don’t think we were right for each other,” she said.
November 2016: The actress said she’s been raped twice
In the letter, the actress said she’s been raped twice, once by a “significant other while we were together” and another time by “the owner of a bar.”
Wood didn’t name either of the perpetrators but said it took her a long time to understand that the former assault was “rape” since she was in a relationship with the individual.
“This was many, many years ago and I, of course, know now neither one was my fault and neither one was OK,” she wrote, continuing, “This was all before I tried to commit suicide and I am sure was one of the many factors.”
October 2017: Wood explained why many women don’t identify their abusers
In the midst of the #MeToo movement and controversy surrounding disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, the actress talked about why many women, including herself, don’t publicly identify their abusers.
“I have not named my abusers,” she said in a YouTube video according to Insider.
She continued, “Not because I don’t plan on saying these names eventually, but because to start that process is emotionally draining and financially draining, really an everything draining thing to do and to go through. And I want to do it when I’m ready.”
Though she didn’t name anyone, Wood described them as “very powerful, very rich, very entitled, and very narcissistic white men.”
February 2018: Actress Charlyne Yi accused Manson of harassment
The “House” star said that Manson harassed her and other women when he visited the show’s set as a fan, per The Hollywood Reporter.
“On the last season of House he came on set to visit because he was a huge fan of the show & he harassed just about every woman asking us if we were going to scissor, rhino & called me a China man,” she wrote in a tweet, according to the outlet.
Yi described it as “triggering” to see the artist’s name pop up on the internet. She also said that talking about the incidents makes someone “known as the person tied to the harasser” and “overrides” who they really are.
February 2018: Wood gave testimony about sexual assault in Congress
Wood testified to the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee during a hearing about the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act, which granted assault survivors specific rights at a federal level but not at a state level.
During her testimony, which advocated to extend the rights at the state level, Wood spoke about experiencing two incidents of sexual assault, one of them by a domestic partner.
“It started slow but escalated over time, including threats against my life, severe gas-lighting and brainwashing, [and] waking up to the man that claimed to love me raping what he believed to be my unconscious body,” Wood said.
She continued, “And the worst part: Sick rituals of binding me up by my hands and feet to be mentally and physically tortured until my abuser felt I had proven my love for them.”
Wood added, “While I was tied up and being beaten and told unspeakable things, I truly felt like I could die. Not just because my abuser said to me, ‘I could kill you right now,’ but because in that moment I felt like I left my body and I was too afraid to run.”
She went on to say that she’d been diagnosed with long-term PTSD and struggled with “depression, addiction, agoraphobia, and night terrors.”
Watch her full testimony below.
March 2019: Wood posted on social media as part of the #IAmNotOK movement
The actress joined the #IAmNotOk campaign, which encouraged people to speak up about their experiences with domestic violence.
Wood first posted a series of photographs from a 2010 shoot for Elle and reflected on feeling “so weakened by an abusive relationship” that day.
“I was emaciated, severely depressed, and could barely stand. I fell into a pool of tears and was sent home for the day,” she said.
Wood then told her followers that she doesn’t “remember what it feels like to not be scared” in a video she posted to Instagram.
April 2019: She gave a detailed account of her previously abusive relationship while testifying in favor of the Phoenix Act
Wood testified in front of the California Senate Public Safety Committee to advocate for the Phoenix Act, which aimed to create “exceptions to the statute of limitations for domestic violence crimes.”
Though she didn’t identify anyone by name, she gave a detailed account of her previously abusive relationship.
She said that she met the individual when she was a teenager and underwent the “The Grooming Process.” Wood said the man isolated her from friends and family and convinced her that nothing she did was “good enough.”
“I ended up adopting the persona of the person he wanted me to be and losing myself completely,” she said.
Wood added that her partner monitored her phone and kept her close by “means of starvation, sleep deprivation, and threats.”
She also said he forced her to “partake in acts of fear, pain, torture, and humiliation” and recorded them, also threatening to kill those around her.
During her testimony, Wood said that she’s since been diagnoses with “complex PTSD, including disassociation, panic attacks, night terrors, agoraphobia, impulse control, chronic pain in my body, among other symptoms.”
September 2020: Manson cut a telephone interview short after a reporter asked him about Wood
Metal Hammer’s reporter Dave Everley broached the topic of Wood during a telephone interview, and the singer reportedly hung up as soon as he heard the actress’ name.
Manson didn’t issue a response to the outlet’s questions, but his PR team did provide a statement.
“Personal testimony is just that, and we think it’s inappropriate to comment on that,” the statement began, continuing, “It is my understanding that Evan Rachel Wood dated multiple people around the time she was dating Manson. Basic internet research will give you a host of other names that have not come up in any of our discussions.”
The statement also said that Manson’s past comments about having violent fantasies involving Wood were “obviously a theatrical rock star interview” and “not a factual account.”
It then directed readers to his 2017 interview with Channel 4 News, during which he shared his opinion on the #MeToo movement.
“Manson has never shied away from public comment – equally he does not have to make the same comment twice,” the statement read.
It also mentioned that Manson’s ex-fiancée Rose McGowan “talks very fondly” about their past relationship and his ex-wife Von Teese “remains good friends” with him.
The statement then went on to say that Wood has spoken “very positively” about her relationship with Manson in “numerous articles over multiple years.”
February 1, 2021: Wood publicly accused Manson of ‘grooming’ and ‘horrifically’ abusing her
Over a decade after they broke up, Wood accused Manson of abusing her.
“The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson,” she said in a statement posted on Instagram. “He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years. I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission.”
She added: “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.”
Wood also reshared other women’s statements detailing their own experiences with Manson on her Instagram story.
February 1, 2021: Manson’s record label drops him
Loma Vista Recordings, which released Manson’s three most recent albums, cut ties with the singer, according to a statement posted to social media.
“In light of today’s disturbing allegations by Evan Rachel Wood and other women naming Marilyn Manson as their abuser, Loma Vista will cease to further promote his current album, effective immediately,” the statement read.
“Due to these concerning developments,” it continued, “we have also decided not to work with Marilyn Manson on any future projects.”
February 1, 2021: Manson released a statement denying the allegations
The singer responded to Wood and the other women’s allegations in a statement he posted on social media.
“Obviously, my life and my art have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are 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,” he wrote.
February 1, 2021: Starz and AMC announced Manson wouldn’t appear in upcoming projects, as previously scheduled
As a result of the women’s allegations against Manson, Starz decided to “remove his performance” from the “American Gods” episode he appears in, a Starz spokesperson told Deadline.
AMC also replaced Manson’s segment on the second season of its horror series “Creepshow,” a rep told Deadline.
Sources also told the outlet that talent agency CAA dropped Manson as a client due to the allegations.
February 1, 2021: McGowan said she’s ‘proud’ of Wood and the other women who spoke up about Manson
McGowan, an actress and activist who was previously engaged to Manson, voiced her support for the women that came forward about their experiences with the singer.
“I stand with Evan Rachel Wood and other brave women who have come forward. It takes years to recover from abuse and I send them strength on their journey to recovery. Let the truth be revealed. Let the healing begin,” she tweeted.
McGowan also shared a video saying that Manson “was not like that” during their relationship but added that her own experience had “no bearing on whether he was like that with others before or after.”
February 3, 2021: Von Teese addressed the abuse allegations in a statement
The dancer, who was married to Manson from 2005 to 2007, shared a brief statement on Instagram addressing the recent allegations surrounding her ex-husband.
Von Teese said that “the details made public do not match my personal experience” with Manson, adding that she wouldn’t have married him if they did.
She said they ultimately divorced because of “infidelity and drug abuse.”
“Abuse of any kind has no place in any kind of relationship,” she wrote, urging “those of you who have incurred abuse to take steps to heal.”
February 3, 2021: Two of Manson’s former collaborators, Wes Borland and Trent Reznor, weighed in on the allegations
Days after Wood and other women said Manson abused them, two people that were previously close to Manson spoke about the allegations.
Wes Borland, a Limp Bizkit guitarist that was in Manson’s band from 2008 to 2009, said the women’s allegations about the singer are “true” while speaking on the Twitch channel Space Zebra Live, according to Metal Hammer.
“Every single thing that people have said about him is f—ing true. So relax about the allegations towards the women. Like when people say these women are coming after him right now… f— off, they are speaking the truth,” Borland said.
Borland also said he was there when Manson “was with Evan Rachel Wood. I was at his house. It’s not f—ing cool, and that’s all I’m gonna say about it.”
Trent Reznor, the Nine Inch Nails star who used to be Manson’s friend and collaborator, also addressed the allegations after a passage from Manson’s 1998 autobiography “The Long Hard Road Out of Hell” resurfaced online.
In the book, Manson tells a story about him and Reznor sexually assaulting a woman in the ’90s, as reported by Pitchfork.
In a statement provided to Pitchfork, Reznor said the following: “I have been vocal over the years about my dislike of Manson as a person and cut ties with him nearly 25 years ago. As I said at the time, the passage from Manson’s memoir is a complete fabrication. I was infuriated and offended back when it came out and remain so today.”
February 4, 2021: Musician Phoebe Bridgers said that Manson mentioned a ‘rape room’ when she visited his home
Bridgers shared her own experience with Manson in a message voicing her support for Wood and the other women who have come forward.
“I went to Marilyn Manson’s house when I was a teenager with some friends. I was a big fan. He referred to a room in his house as the ‘r*pe room’, I thought it was just his horrible frat boy sense of humor. I stopped being a fan. I stand with everyone who came forward,” she tweeted.
-traitor joe (@phoebe_bridgers) February 4, 2021
In a follow-up tweet, Bridgers accused Manson’s recording label, management company, and former band members of being aware of the musician’s behavior.
“The label knew, management knew, the band knew. Distancing themselves now, pretending to be shocked and horrified is f—ing pathetic,” she wrote.
Representatives for Manson, Borland, Reznor, Loma Vista Recordings, and CAA did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
February 5, 2021: Wood accused Manson of using anti-Semitic and racist slurs
Days after coming forward with accusations of abuse against Manson, Wood said that the singer exhibited anti-Semitic behavior during their relationship in a message she shared on her Instagram story.
“I was called a ‘jew’ in a derogatory manner. He would draw swastikas over my bedside table when he was mad at me,” she wrote, continuing, “I heard the ‘n’ word over and over. Everyone around him was expected to laugh and join in. If you did not or (god forbid) called him out, you were singled out and abused more.”
She said that Manson told her it was “better” that she wasn’t “blood jewish” since her mother converted to the religion.
Wood also shared since-deleted photos of Manson’s tattoos, saying that some of them have anti-Semitic meanings, as reported by People.
She added that he didn’t have the tattoos when they were together.
The actress then wrote that she and Manson didn’t have “kinky sex” or “sexual intercourse” when she was “being tortured, before or after.”
“I thought I was going to die the entire time,” she said.
February 6, 2021: Ellie Rowsell said Manson filmed up her skirt without consent at a music festival
“Solidarity to Evan Rachel Wood and those calling out Marilyn Manson. It’s sad to see people defending him, just because he put his depravity in plain sight doesn’t give him a free pass to abuse women?!” she began.
The musician, 28, said that she first met Manson backstage at a festival years ago. She said she became “suspicious” of his behavior after noticing the “hyperbolic” nature of his compliments.
“I was shocked to look down and see he was filming up my skirt with a gopro,” she wrote, continuing, “There were no repercussions for his behaviour, his tour manager simply said ‘he does this kind of thing all the time.'”
Rowsell questioned why Manson was able to continue “headlining festivals” if people were aware of his behavior and said that “women must feel safe in the male dominated world that is the music industry.”
She concluded by saying she was hesitant to speak about her experience with Manson but felt compelled to come forward after he said his relationships were consensual in a statement denying Wood’s accusations.
“I don’t think he knows the meaning of consent if he goes around up-skirting young women at festivals,” she wrote. “Thank you for your courage Evan.”
February 10, 2021: Esmé Bianco accused her former partner Manson of abuse during their relationship
Bianco, like Wood, has previously spoken about her experience with abuse, even testifying in front of the California Assembly in 2019. In a recent interview with New York Magazine, the “Game of Thrones” actress, 38, named Manson as her alleged abuser.
She said that the singer was her “role model” as a teenager, so she was thrilled when his ex-wife Von Teese introduced the fellow dancer to Manson in 2005. Their relationship remained platonic after Manson and Von Teese divorced, and the actress got married to another man.
However, she says things changed when the musician invited Bianco to his home in Los Angeles to film a music video in 2009. She said he tied her up and beat her with a whip, leaving her back bruised. Bianco recalled crying on her way home but viewed the lash marks as “art” and a “sign of great devotion to my abuser.”
After she returned to the UK, they began a long-distance relationship. Two years after shooting the music video, Bianco left her husband and moved into Manson’s apartment in Los Angeles. Because she said she didn’t have a key to his apartment, she said it allowed the singer to control her life.
“I came and went at his pleasure. Who I spoke to was completely controlled by him. I called my family hiding in the closet,” she said.
When the “Game of Thrones” pilot aired, Bianco, who portrays Ros on the show, said Manson played her sex scenes on a projector for guests. The experience was humiliating, according to Bianco.
Bianco also alleged that Manson was violent during their relationship. She claimed that he would bite her without consent during sex and, in one instance, she said that he repeatedly cut her torse with a knife.
Bianco said she eventually fled while the musician slept after she claims he chased her around the apartment with an ax. She was concerned that Manson would prevent her from getting a work visa and said she lived “in a constant state of fear” for years following their relationship.
The actress told New York Magazine that the #MeToo movement, Wood’s 2018 testimony, and therapy led her to come forward with her accusations against Manson.
“He’s not a misunderstood artist,” she said. “He deserves to be behind bars for the rest of his life.”
The day after the New York Magazine published Bianco’s interview, the actress went on-camera to discuss the allegations on “Good Morning America.“
April 30, 2021: Bianco sued Manson for sexual assault
Months after Bianco came forward with her accusations against Manson, she filed a lawsuit against the singer and his former manager, Tony Ciulla, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
According to documents obtained by Rolling Stone and TMZ, the actress accused Manson of sexual assault and battery. She also alleged that both Manson and Ciulla violated human trafficking laws by flying her from London to Los Angeles for a music video that was never released and a film that was never created.
Howard King, the attorney for Manson, said Bianco’s allegations are “provably false” in a statement to Insider.
“To be clear, this suit was only filed after my client refused to be shaken down by Ms. Bianco and her lawyer and give in to their outrageous financial demands based on conduct that simply never occurred. We will vigorously contest these allegations in court and are confident that we will prevail,” King said.
Edwin F. McPherson, the attorney representing Ciulla Management, said the lawsuit was “legally meritless” in a statement to Insider.
“This attempt to involve Ciulla Management in this action is not only legally meritless, but also offensive and absurd. We look forward to formally contesting these completely frivolous allegations,” he wrote.
May 5, 2021: Wood and Bianco vocalized their support for Ashley Morgan Smithline after she spoke about her allegations of abuse against Manson
Smithline detailed her accusations of abuse against Manson in a cover story for People.
The model, who first came forward with allegations against the singer in February, said she met Manson through a mutual friend in 2010. They teamed up for a professional project, and Smithline said Manson seemed “intelligent, authentic and caring” in an Instagram statement.
- She said he flew her out from Thailand to Los Angeles, where she moved in with him shortly thereafter.
Acts of “abuse, sexual violence, physical violence, and coercion” followed, according to Smithline. She alleged that Manson made her do a blood pact, shoved his fist in her mouth during sex, and would lock her in a room when she didn’t follow his “rules.”
The model, who is Jewish, said Manson would ask her to bring him “Nazi memorabilia” from Thailand. She recalled feeling “so much guilt and shame because of it.”
Smithline said she still has “night terrors, PTSD, anxiety, and mostly crippling OCD” as a result of the relationship.
“I survived a monster,” Smithline told People.
Manson’s spokesperson said they “strongly deny” Smithline’s claims in a statement to People.
“There are so many falsehoods within her claims that we wouldn’t know where to begin to answer them,” the representative said. “This relationship, to the limited extent it was a relationship, didn’t last one week.”
People reported that Smithline provided emails and text messages from Manson that spanned two years.
Both Wood and Bianco vocalized their support for Smithline on social media after People published the cover story.
“I stand with you @ashleylindsaymorgan,” Wood wrote on her Instagram story, sharing a photo of the magazine cover.
Bianco wrote, “Thank you for being so brave.”
May 18, 2021: Ashley Walters, Manson’s former assistant, sued the singer for sexual assault, battery, and harassment
Walters filed a lawsuit against Manson in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, New York Magazine’s Angelina Chapin reported. The photographer accused her former boss of sexual assault, battery, and harassment.
She said she first met Manson in 2010 after he contacted her via social media about a potential collaboration. When Walters, who was 26 at the time, first visited the singer’s home in West Hollywood, she told New York Magazine that he asked her to do a late-night photo shoot. Walters agreed to pose for him and went on to say that he pinned her on the bed, bit her ear, and placed her hand in his underwear. She said he stopped after she managed to roll off the bed.
They remained in touch, as Walters said she didn’t know whether to consider their interaction sexual assault. When he asked Walters to be his personal assistant three months later, she said she accepted the opportunity.
As Manson’s assistant, she said she was expected to work for 48 hours straight and was subject to the musician’s frequent outbursts. At one point, Walters said Manson sent her a photo of Bianco’s cut-up back as a threat.
The photographer also accused Manson of offering “Walters up to his influential industry friends and associates,” New York Magazine reported.
“It made me feel like I was his property,” she told the outlet. “It just made me feel like a piece of meat.”
Walters said that Manson worried about retaliation and began speaking negatively about her to his colleagues. She said he also made her and other individuals (including Wood) pose in photos wearing Nazi paraphernalia as a means of keeping them from going public about their experiences.
Manson ultimately fired Walters, according to the photographer. She said he remained in contact with her, explaining that she wanted to have him “as a friend as opposed to an enemy.”
Walters said she decided to come forward after listening to Wood’s 2018 testimony in front of Congress. She shared her own stories with the other women accusing Manson of sexual assault and harassment in 2020.
“A lot of the isolation and a lot of the psychological abuse was very similar to what I experienced,” Walters said.