Marilyn Manson’s ex-fiancée, actress Evan Rachel Wood, was accused Tuesday of helping distribute a fake FBI letter accusing the rocker of being investigated for female sexual abuse.
Manson is suing West World star Wood and her romantic partner, artist Illma Gore, for defamation over what he calls “malicious” and “false” sexual abuse allegations they made against him and who, how he claims ‘failed his successful music and television and film career.’
Manson’s attorney, Jackson Trugman, said Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court that Gore used the allegedly fake FBI letter to recruit other women to accuse his client of molestation.
“We have evidence that Miss Wood and Miss Gore collaborated on this letter,” he told the court.
Wood denied the allegation, saying in a written statement that she “did not circulate the false FBI letter.”
But Trugman denied her denials, telling LA Supreme Court Justice Teresa Beaudet “it would be inappropriate to conclude solely from Miss Wood’s statement that she did not circulate that letter.”
Marilyn Manson is suing Evan Rachel Wood (left) and her romantic partner, artist Illma Gore (right) for defamation over allegedly “malicious” and “false” sexual abuse allegations
Wood (left), who was in an on-off relationship with Manson (right) for nearly four and a half years, denied the allegation, saying she “didn’t circulate the false FBI letter.”
It is alleged that Wood (pictured) helped distribute a fake FBI letter accusing Manson of being investigated for sexual abuse of women
Judge Beaudet continued the hearing through December 1, directing Gore to submit to questioning by Manson’s attorneys in a deposition scheduled for October 27.
In his lawsuit, Manson, 53 – real name Brian Warner – alleges that in their alleged FBI letter forgery, they posed as an FBI agent to distribute the letter to “create the false appearance” that Manson’s alleged victims and their families are in danger.
The performer claims the couple created a fake email address to make it appear as if Manson, 53, had sent her “illegal pornography.”
He also accuses them of recruiting, coordinating and pressuring women into making false allegations of abuse against Manson.
And he claims Gore hacked into his computer, phone, and email account, obtaining his passwords and social security number in the process.
He claims she used the information she obtained from his accounts to orchestrate and spread “false allegations” against him.
Wood, 34, said Manson “brainwashed her and manipulated her into submission” and that he “began grooming me when I was a teenager and abused me horribly for years.”
She also claimed the musician was “forced”. [her] dragged into a commercial sex act under false pretenses and basically raped [her] in front of the camera’.
Manson says the “malicious” and “false” sexual abuse allegations against him are the reason his music, television and film career has “derailed”.
Manson (left) is suing Wood (right) and her new lover Gore for defamation, emotional distress and “impersonation over the internet,” among other charges.
British-born Esmé Bianco (left) publicly claimed she was raped and subjected to sleep deprivation and forced labor after Manson (right) offered to help her obtain a work visa
And she detailed her abuse allegations in a two-part HBO documentary called Phoenix Rising.
Manson is suing Wood and Gore for defamation, emotional distress, and “impersonation via the Internet,” among other charges, and is seeking unspecified damages “to be determined in court” and “an order barring Wood and Gore from doing so.” to engage in further misconduct” towards him.
The lawsuit alleges that Wood, with the help of Gore, fabricated her allegations against Manson in order to provide “more fabricated content” for Phoenix Rising, which both women worked on.
Wood’s attorneys called Manson’s defamation lawsuit “baseless” and an example of the retaliation Manson has long threatened Wood for speaking out about his abuse.
LA County Sheriffs have been working on possible criminal charges against Manson.
But controversial Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon said last week his office needed more evidence before they could consider those charges — even though the sheriff’s team worked 19 months to produce a dossier.
Wood detailed her abuse allegations in a two-part HBO documentary titled Phoenix Rising (pictured).
The lawsuit against Wood (right) alleges that she, with the help of her new lover Gore, fabricated her allegations against Manson (left) in order to provide “more artificial content” for her film
The sheriff’s investigation includes allegations of sexual assault and domestic violence against the singer from 2009 to 2011.
But despite almost two years of work, Gascon’s office called the evidence gathered against Mansion only “partial”.
“Once we receive everything, experienced prosecutors will carefully and diligently review everything that has been filed before making a decision on filing,” the prosecutor said in a statement.
“This review will take time, but rest assured that our office takes these allegations very seriously.”
The LA Sheriff’s investigation included a search of Manson’s West Hollywood home in November, during which media equipment and other items were seized.
The statute of limitations for rape in California is 10 years, so charges may vary depending on the type of crime and how long ago it occurred.
Authorities have not identified the women involved, but several have publicly claimed that they were physically, sexually and emotionally abused by Manson at the time of the incidents being investigated, and some have filed civil suits.
That includes Game of Thrones star Esmé Bianco, whose lawyer said she also gave interviews to law enforcement.
British-born Bianco claims she was raped and subjected to sleep deprivation and forced labor after Manson offered to help her get a work visa.
Manson’s legal team has called the criminal allegations against him “provenly false.”
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