In the documentary Phoenix Rising , directed by Amy Berg and presented at the Sundance Film Festival, Evan Rachel Wood has returned to accuse Marilyn Manson , who in the past had already indicated as the person who, from 2006 to 2011, had abused her both physically and psychologically .
The anecdote told by Evan Rachel Wood in the film is unbelievable. According to the actress, the sex scene between the two in the video Heart-Shaped Glasses , released in 2007, is not simulated. In the scene, Wood wears Lolita -inspired heart-shaped glasses and has sex with Manson while fake blood rains on them. Wood, who was 19 at the time of filming, said Marilyn Manson made her drink absinthe on set until she was unable to protest when he started having sex with her for real in front of the cameras.
It absolutely didn’t go the way I thought it would go. We have done things that have not been presented to me before. We talked about a simulated sex scene, but once the cameras went off, he started to really penetrate me. I had never agreed to this… It was total chaos. I didn’t feel safe. Nobody gave me a hand.
It was a truly traumatic experience to shoot that video. I didn’t know how to assert myself or how to say no, because I had been conditioned and trained to never answer, to just move on. I felt disgusting and thought I did something shameful, and I realized that the crew was uncomfortable and no one knew what to do.
The beginning of a nightmare
Wood makes this episode coincide with the beginning of Marilyn Manson’s abuse:
I was forced into an act of commercial sex by deception. It was then that the first crime against me was committed. I was essentially raped in front of the cameras.
Manson also instructed her on what she should say in interviews about the video’s processing:
I should have told people it was beautiful and romantic and none of it was true. But I was afraid to do anything that might upset him in any way. The video was the beginning of the violence that would continue to escalate throughout our relationship.