Manson accuses ex Rachel Wood of fraud and conspiracy in wild lawsuit
Los Angeles, California - Marilyn Manson has fired back at his ex-fiancee Evan Rachel Wood in court, claiming that she and her partner resorted to fraud, conspiracy, and defamation to torpedo his career.
Manson (53) accused Westworld actor and artist Illma Gore of hatching plans to manufacture sexual abuse allegations against him and to profit from them, as well as hacking into his computers and social media and impersonating an FBI agent in the process, according to a copy of the complaint obtained Wednesday by the Los Angeles Times.
The complaint, which is being filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, accuses Wood and Gore of intentional infliction of emotional distress, defamation, violation of the Comprehensive Computer Data Access and Fraud Act and impersonation over the internet.
Manson, whose real name is Brian Hugh Warner, is demanding a jury trial and a stop to Wood and Gore's alleged actions.
Wood (34) has accused Manson of sexual abuse over the years and alleged in a recent documentary that the singer "essentially raped" her during the filming of Manson's 2007 Heart-Shaped Glasses music video.
The musician has denied the allegations made by Wood and others, previously calling his accusers' statements "horrible distortions of reality."
Wood was in a relationship with the singer that went public in January 2007. She was 19 when they began dating and he was 37. They were briefly engaged in 2010 before splitting up that August.
In February 2021, Wood identified Warner as the alleged abuser she had referenced anonymously in the past.
Representatives for Manson and Wood did not immediately respond Wednesday to the LA Times' requests for comment.
Manson's attorney says accusers "impersonated" FBI agent
In the complaint submitted by Manson's attorney, Howard King describes Gore as "a grifter who understood that an organized attack on Warner – spearheaded by Wood's own fabricated revelation of rape and abuse – could benefit them both."
"With Gore's help, Wood could be rebranded, from someone who 'still might best be known for dating Marilyn Manson a decade ago,' into an outspoken standard bearer for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault – thereby absolving her reputation for having a 'wild past' and her embarrassment for having been in a long-term relationship with Marilyn Manson," the complaint reads.
King argues that between 2019 and 2021, Wood and Gore smeared the musician for profit and "secretly recruited, coordinated, and pressured prospective accusers to emerge simultaneously with allegations of rape and abuse" against Manson.
King alleged that Wood and Gore reached out to Manson's lovers and created the nonprofit Phoenix Act to help abused women, but allegedly used the organization as a cover for a money-making scheme against the musician. He also claims they "impersonated an actual agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation" by forging a letter.
The LA County Sheriff's Department began investigating Manson last year after receiving reports of alleged sexual assault and domestic violence between 2009 and 2011 in West Hollywood, where he lived at the time. He is also being sued for abuse in civil court by Game of Thrones actor Esmé Bianco.
Officers raided Manson's home in November and seized media storage devices and other items during the investigation.
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