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Everything we know about Evan Rachel Wood’s new documentary, Phoenix Rising

“I’m doing this to protect people.”
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A new and confronting documentary series has dropped this week, telling the story of actress Evan Rachel Wood, and the abuse she allegedly experienced at the hands of famous singer Marilyn Manson.

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The two-part documentary series will delve into Evan’s three-year relationship with Manson, and reveals some new allegations from Evan, such as that she did not consent to sex with Manson on the set of his music video for the song Heart Shaped Glasses.

The documentary includes commentary from her family on her mental state during the relationship, while Evan alleges that Manson isolated her from them as part of the abuse.

Manson denies all allegations made by Evan.

Directed by the Oscar-nominated Amy Berg, the two-part series follows Evan’s plight to extend the statute of limitations on domestic violence cases in the state of California by lobbying the Phoenix Act.

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Evan with Marilyn Manson. (Credit: Getty)

What are the allegations?

Evan first went public with her allegations in February of 2021.

Although she had alluded to being in an abusive relationship in the past, she had never named the alleged perpetrator. She took to Instagram, sharing text straight to her grid to reveal his identity.

“The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson,” she began.

“He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years,” she alleged.

“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 silenced.”

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“I’m doing this to protect people.” (Credit: Binge)

Manson has since filed a defamation lawsuit against Wood, and continues to strenuously deny her allegations.

Evan has responded publicly to the defamation suit.

“I can’t obviously speak about any of the specific allegations of the lawsuit, but I am not scared,” she said on the morning talk show The View.

She admitted to the hosts that in the face of the lawsuit, she still feels “very confident that I have the truth on my side and that the truth will come out.”

“I’m doing this to protect people. I’m doing this to sound the alarm that there is a dangerous person out there and I don’t want anybody getting near him,” she continued.

“So, people can think whatever they want about me. I have to let the legal process run its course, and I’m steady as a rock.”

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Evan spoke at the Women’s March in California in 2019. (Credit: Getty)

What is the Phoenix Act?

Working with a team of similarly affected women, Evan co-authored and lobbied passage of The Phoenix Act, which she first proposed in April 2019.

The Phoenix Act requested that the statute of limitations be extended from four years to 10 years in California when there is undeniable evidence of abuse, or if there are three or more people accusing a single perpetrator.

Evan said publicly in court that she wanted to help “create a cushion [for victims] to leave their dangerous situations, get the help they need, and come back from their trauma in order to pursue justice and stop serial abusers”.

The Act was passed into law in January 2020 extending the statute of limitations to five years.

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(Credit: Getty)

Where can I watch Phoenix Rising?

Both episodes of Phoenix Rising is now available to stream on BINGE.

Stream it now on BINGE, live and on demand with a 4-day free trial. START FREE TRIAL.

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