In 2021, multiple women accused Marilyn Manson of sexual assault and other kinds of abuse.

Actress Evan Rachel Wood, a former fiancée of the rock singer, led the public charge against the musician whose real name is Brian Warner. Subsequently, the singer known for his shock-rock persona as well as his music faced lawsuits from multiple accusers.

That February, when Wood banded with at least four other women to publicize their accusations simultaneously, Manson released a statement refuting them.

"My art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality," he said. "My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how — and why — others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth."

Wood claimed Manson "started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years. 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."

She added, "I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent." Those accusers each have a story that mirrors Wood's in some way. In 2022, Manson sued Wood for defamation and conspiracy.

Below, see a timeline of developments.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, resources are available to help. Please visit RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) online or dial 800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673).

Timeline of Abuse Allegations Against Marilyn Manson

After actress Evan Rachel Wood publicly accused Marilyn Manson of abuse in 2021, similar allegations by others against the rock singer also surfaced. Below is a timeline, starting with Wood's 2018 testimony that disclosed her alleged abuse but didn't name Manson. The musician, whose real name is Brian Warner, has denied the allegations. Several accusers subsequently sued him. He sued Wood in 2022.

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