Evan Rachel Wood has addressed Marilyn Manson’s lawsuit against her for the first time yesterday on The View, where she was promoting her upcoming HBO documentary series Rising Phoenix. “I can’t obviously speak about any of the specific allegations of the lawsuit, but I’m not scared,” she said. “I am sad, because this is how it works. This is what pretty much every survivor that tries to expose someone in a position of power goes though, and this is part of the retaliation that keeps survivors quiet. This is why people don’t want to come forward. This was expected.”
Wood continued: “I am very confident that I have the truth on my side and that the truth will come out. This is clearly timed before the documentary… I’m not doing this [film] to clear my name. I’m doing this to protect people. I’m doing this to sound the alarm that there is a dangerous person out there and I don’t want anybody getting near him. So people can think whatever they want about me. I have to let the legal process run its course, and I’m steady as a rock.”
Rising Phoenix chronicles Wood’s relationship with Manson – real name Brian Warner– and details his alleged abuse. Manson filed a lawsuit against Wood, alleging defamation, emotional distress, and “impersonation over the internet,” earlier this month.
After making its debut at Sundance Film Festival in January, Phoenix Rising premieres on HBO Max today (March 15).