It seems that Marilyn Manson has hit another roadblock in his fight against ex-girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood. The shock-rocker has just had his defamation case against her dismissed. The defamation case has been ongoing since the premiere of Wood's two-part HBO documentary, Phoenix Rising. The film contained graphic descriptions of abuse by Manson. As of today, it appears that Wood will not have to face the court for defamation.
Manson filed the defamation lawsuit against Wood and her friend Illma Gore, accusing them of spreading false information. This included claims that Manson had abused an underage girl in his unreleased short film Groupie. Gore had also claimed that the underaged girl in question had committed suicide after the experience. Both of these claims turned out to be patently false. In addition, Wood and Gore had allegedly forged an FBI letter on which they impersonated an actual FBI agent. The letter falsely claimed that Marilyn Manson was under federal investigation. It also said that Wood was a high-profile witness in the case. The letter was then allegedly delivered to the father of her child to justify her relocation of their son.
Manson's Ongoing Legal Battles
In 2021, Evan Rachel Wood publicly accused Marilyn Manson of horrific psychological, physical, and sexual abuse via Instagram. Several other individuals also came forward as accusers, including Game of Thrones actress Esme Bianco. Since then, courts have either dismissed or settled many of the cases against the shock-rocker. An undisclosed sum was paid to settle Bianco's case. Additionally, another major accuser recanted her claims against the singer and alleged that Evan Rachel Wood and Ilma Gore had pressured her into making the accusations.
While the court has dismissed Manson's defamation case against Evan Rachel Wood, the proverbial jury is out on the abuse allegations that she brought against him. The investigation reportedly concluded and the Los Angeles DA has received the findings, but they have not made a statement yet and have not made any arrests. The dismissal of Manson's case against Wood is yet another entry in a long list of confusing claims and counter-claims. It is worth noting that Manson's lawsuit as a whole is still on the table as the defamation claims were only a small part of a larger case. The outcome of the rest of Manson's claims remains to be seen. What do you think of the accusations against Manson? Let us know in the comments below!