Evan Rachel Wooden is talking her reality. In her “Phoenix Rising” docuseries, which premiered at this yr’s Sundance Movie Pageant, the 34-year-old actor and activist particulars the horrific years-long abuse and trauma she allegedly suffered by the hands of Marilyn Manson (née Brian Warner). Wooden first met Manson in 2006 when she was 18 — Manson was 37. They have been collectively on and off for about 4 and a half years earlier than Wooden finally made her “closing escape” in early 2011. HBO launched the trailer for the docuseries on Feb. 22 forward of the streaming service debut.
In 2016, Wooden wrote a letter to Rolling Stone through which she opened up about struggling abuse and being raped by a major different however didn’t point out any names. 5 years later, Wooden got here ahead with allegations towards Manson in a press release on social media. “The identify of my abuser is Brian Warner, additionally identified to the world as Marilyn Manson,” she wrote. “He began grooming me after I was a teen and horrifically abused me for years. I used to be brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I’m executed dwelling in concern of retaliation, slander, or blackmail.”
Wooden is now utilizing her expertise to face up for victims of home violence and sexual assault — “Phoenix Rising” serves as validation for these struggling in silence. She created the Phoenix Act Coalition, which is a bunch of survivors and advocates who “work collectively to prepare and cross laws” throughout the nation. She additionally testified earlier than the Home Judiciary Committee to assist the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Invoice of Rights Act.
Since Wooden got here ahead together with her allegations, Manson has denied any wrongdoing. “Clearly, my artwork and my life have lengthy been magnets for controversy, however these current claims about me are horrible distortions of actuality,” Manson beforehand acknowledged. “My intimate relationships have at all times been completely consensual.” Nevertheless, Manson and his authorized reps declined to touch upon the allegations acknowledged within the documentary.
Half certainly one of “Phoenix Rising” premiered on the 2022 Sundance Movie Pageant. The 2-part docuseries will likely be out there on HBO in March. HBO launched the trailer for the docuseries on Feb. 22 forward of the streaming service debut. Maintain studying to see the trailer.