SEVERAL women have accused rock star Marilyn Manson of abuse including photographer and ex-employee Ashley Walters, who claimed he used "torture tactics" to control her.
Walters claims follow those of Manson's ex-girlfriend, actress Evan Rachel Wood, who named him as her abuser two years after she revealed she self-harmed due to him grooming her during their "abusive relationship."
Who is Marilyn Manson's accuser Ashley Walters?
Ashley Walters is a photographer who worked as assistant to Manson, real name Brian Warner, after he reached out to her in 2010.
In a statement shared on Woods' Instagram story, Walters accused Manson of abusing and isolating her while she worked for him.
Although Walters originally shared the statement to her own Instagram page, it has since been deleted and it's unclear as to why.
In her statement, Walters revealed that Manson invited her to collaborate on a photo shoot, and as a fan of his work, she was initially "excited for the opportunity."
But once she was in, Walters said Manson allegedly got close to her to gain information about her life so that he could psychologically abuse her.
“Brian Warner aka Marilyn Manson reached out to me on social media in 2010, asking if we could collaborate on a photo shoot together. As a photographer and admirer of his work, I was excited for the opportunity,” Walters wrote, according to Us Weekly.
“It felt like I was his property because [he] would offer me up for sexual encounters to please potential collaborators or friends and bragged that he could do so.”
Walters, who said she suffers from PTSD, claimed that her concerns were dismissed when she complained about her work situation treatment.
She says this forced her to try and please Manson, which in turn strengthened his control over her.
"I’d witness him inflict this psychological abuse on everyone he employed, everyone he dated. He would dictate the perimiters (sic) of our reality. Horrifying, deranged behavior and insane scenarios became normalized," Walters wrote.
"He was extremely interested in mind control, torture tactics [ie. different sound frequencies that would shift your mood, or make you nauseous], and spy devices to gather information for blackmailing and manipulation."
Walters has asked for Manson to be held accountable for "the abuse he's caused" and "continues to inflict on so many."
"I cannot stand by and let this happen to others. Brian Warner needs to be held accountable," she said in her statement.
Who is Evan Rachel Wood?
Evan Rachel Wood is an actress who's best known for starring in the popular HBO sci-fi drama Westworld.
She began acting as a child in the 1990s, and featured in TV series such as American Gothic in 1995.
At the age of nine she made her film debut in Digging to China, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role as a drug-addicted teenager in 2003 film, Thirteen.
She returned to TV in 2009 playing Queen Sophie-Anne in True Blood and now stars in HBO series Westworld as Dolores Abernathy.
The 33-year-old dated Marilyn Manson in January 2007 when she was just 19 years old and he was 36 – the couple got engaged three years later when the rocker proposed to her in Paris in January 2010.
What did Evan Rachel Wood accuse Marilyn Manson of?
On February 1, 2021 Evan claimed her ex-fiance Marilyn Manson "horrifically abused her for YEARS" and she wants to "expose this dangerous man."
Evan has always been open about suffering abuse from a previous relationship but had never revealed the partner's identity until now.
The Westworld actress revealed Warner as her alleged abuser in a February 1 Instagram post and shared Walter's statement on her Instagram story, as well as abuse claims from at least three other women.
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"The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson. He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years," Woods wrote.
"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."
She added: "I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent."
Manson has yet to respond to the abuse allegations.
In 2018, Manson's lawyer "categorically" denied claims made in a sexual assault case against the rock star in 2011.
Manson has since been dropped by his record label, Loma Vista Recordings.
“Due to these concerning developments, we have also decided not to work with Marilyn Manson on any future projects,” the label told Variety in a statement.
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