Thousands of people have signed a petition demanding that Marilyn Manson’s ‘Heart-Shaped Glasses’ be pulled from YouTube in light of actress Evan Rachel Wood’s claims that Manson raped her in the music video.
Wood, 34, makes the shocking allegations in this month’s HBO documentary Phoenix Rising, claiming that she and then-boyfriend Manson had discussed filming a simulated sex scene for the video — but once the camera started rolling, he penetrated her without her consent in front of a room of people.
Wood, who was just 19 at the time and twenty years younger than Manson, described the incident as ‘traumatizing.’
Now supporters are banding together to demand that YouTube pull the video, pointing out that it violates the platform’s community guidelines.
‘No one deserves to have a video that captures their rape on display. It’s disgusting, violent and abusive and should be immediately removed,’ insisted one of the over 3,900 people to sign a Change.org petition in just a day.
Thousands of people have signed a petition demanding that Marilyn Manson’s ‘Heart-Shaped Glasses’ be pulled from YouTube in light of actress Evan Rachel Wood’s claims that Manson raped her in the music video (pictured in 2007)
Wood, who was 19 at the time, said they’d discussed a simulated sex scene. but once the camera started rolling, he penetrated her without her consent in front of a room of people
Wood, who was just 18 when she began dating a 37-year-old Manson, has gone into graphic detail about the alleged abuse she suffered at his hands, including being drugged, raped, and whipped — in addition to psychological abuse.
Over the course of their relationship, she said, he raped her on numerous occasions — but the first time was on camera in front of a room full of people.
Wood had agreed to be in the music video for ‘Heart-Shaped Glasses,’ but said she never consented to having sex on camera.
‘We had discussed a simulated sex scene, but once the cameras were rolling, he started penetrating me for real. I had never agreed to that,’ she said.
‘I’m a professional actress, I have been doing this my whole life, I’d never been on a set that unprofessional in my life up until this day. It was complete chaos, and I did not feel safe. No one was looking after me.
‘It was a really traumatizing experience filming the video. I didn’t know how to advocate for myself or know how to say no because I had been conditioned and trained to never talk back — to just soldier through.
Now supporters are banding together to demand that YouTube pull the video, pointing out that it violates the platform’s community guidelines
‘I felt disgusting and like I had done something shameful, and I could tell that the crew was very uncomfortable and nobody knew what to do. I was coerced into a commercial sex act under false pretenses.
‘That’s when the first crime was committed against me and I was essentially raped on camera,’ she said.
Manson’s lawyer has denied these claims, calling Wood’s claim of rape an ‘imaginative retelling’ and insisting that the sex was simulated.
But since the documentary’s premiere this week, viewers have been horrified by Wood’s revelations — and one named Victoria A. was motivated to launch a Change.org petition.
‘“Heart Shaped Glasses” is a video that is still on YouTube, has over 32 million views, and shows Marilyn Manson raping Evan Rachel Wood by penetration,’ she wrote.
‘In her HBO two-part documentary, she states that she did not consent, she was given drugs, absinthe, and he penetrated her. While she might not be able to charge him as the statute of limitations passed, this video should not be on the internet.’
She continued: ‘Survivors and allies need to come together to remove things like this. This should not still be allowed on YouTube, or circulating anywhere for that matter.’
A YouTube spokesperson said they are ‘monitoring the situation closely and will take appropriate action if we determine there is a breach of our creator responsibility guidelines’
She urged people to sign the petition and report the video on YouTube, saying that the platforms community guidelines ban ‘pornography or depicting sexual acts, genitals, or fetishes for the purpose of sexual gratification on any surface,’ ‘non-consensual sex acts or unwanted sexualization,’ and ‘violent, graphic, or humiliating fetish content where the purpose is sexual gratification.’
Though the video is still currently on the platform, YouTube is currently evaluating the situation. Since being uploaded to Manson’s official account in November 2009, the clip has accrued 32,250,878 views.
‘We’re monitoring the situation closely and will take appropriate action if we determine there is a breach of our creator responsibility guidelines,’ spokesperson Jack Malon told DailyMail.com.
He also noted that according to YouTube’s Terms of Service, it may terminate a channel if a user’s off-platform behavior harms the YouTube community — but that would required a relevant conviction, confession, or other legal ruling.
Meanwhile, thousands of people are in agreement that the video should be removed and have shared their own disgust that the video is still online.
‘Abuse is not entertainment,’ wrote one.
‘No one should ever be the victim of domestic violence/abuse and it surely shouldn’t be on the internet for everyone to watch,’ wrote another.
In the new documentary ‘Phoenix Rising,’ Wood describes how Manson allegedly tied her up, beat her, and electrically shocked her
In an emotional moment, she recalls that when they were broken up, he lured her over and beat her with a Nazi whip and applied electric shocks to her genitals
‘As a rape survivor I cannot even imagine how humiliating and degrading it would feel to have my rapes viewed by millions of people for years on end,’ wrote one more.
‘Someone’s rape should not be on the internet and no one should profit from her trauma. There is no reason anyone should ever see it again. Take it down,’ said yet another commenter.
Through a statement by his lawyer, Howard King, Manson has denied Wood’s claim that she was raped on the set of the music video.
‘Of all the false claims that Evan Rachel Wood has made about Brian Warner, her imaginative retelling of the making of the “Heart-Shaped Glasses” music video 15 years ago is the most brazen and easiest to disprove, because there were multiple witnesses,’ King said.
‘Evan was not only fully coherent and engaged during the three-day shoot but also heavily involved in weeks of pre-production planning and days of post-production editing of the final cut.
‘The simulated sex scene took several hours to shoot with multiple takes using different angles and several long breaks in between camera setups.
‘Brian did not have sex with Evan on that set, and she knows that is the truth.’
However, Wood also accuses Manson of drugging her with meth and sleeping pills during their relationship — and says he would use it as an opportunity to rape her while she was unconscious.
‘I didn’t know what meth was, I didn’t know I was doing meth,’ she says, adding that she’d be covered in scars from picking her skin.
She also grew sick, throwing up every day and having trouble getting out of bed.
Later, he would give her sleeping pills and drug her with meth, and would then rape her in her sleep (pictured together in 2007)
She was filming the 2011 miniseries ‘Mildred Pierce’ (pictured) when she terminated a pregnancy, and Manson flew in to be there for it
‘This is also when he started raping me in my sleep,’ she says.
‘He would give me a pill to go to sleep, and I never knew what the pill was for. So I was always pretty out of it. So I’d wake up, I just remember doing the mental math quickly and thinking, “Just stay, just stay asleep, don’t move, just don’t move.”
‘So I would just lie limp and still until it was over, and then I swear to God, he would just fling my leg and walk out of the room.’
Wood, who was in her early 20s at the time of the abortion, says that they weren’t using any reliable form of birth control because Manson didn’t want to.
‘From the beginning of our relationship, he always had an issue with whatever birth control I was using — and I went through, like, every type to see which one he liked, and he didn’t like any of them, so essentially he didn’t want me using birth control,’ she says.
‘He refused to wear a condom, ever, and it was very much sex on demand and it was gonna cause more problems if I say no,’ she says.
Eventually, she got pregnant. She says that he flew in to where she was filming the 2011 miniseries ‘Mildred Pierce’ to be there for the abortion, but he was far from caring or supportive.
‘The second it was over it was like, “Make me dinner,” she says.
After her abortion, though she was supposed to be resting and recovering, he demanded she cook for him
‘And I remember being like, “I’m supposed to be resting — my body has gone through this trauma … I’m bleeding, there’s aftermath here.” And he didn’t care.’
Women are supposed to rest for the rest of the day after an abortion, in part because of bleeding and cramping.
Wood says the ordeal left her suicidal, and she later tried to kill herself.
‘I went into the bathroom and I took [a] glass and I shattered it on the floor and just started digging at my wrists as hard as I could,’ she says.
Wood says that Manson’s abuse wasn’t fast and immediate, but rather, he broke her down over time — starting by targeting her as a lost and insecure teenager, when he was two decades her senior.
‘I didn’t know where to go, so I was the perfect candidate for somebody to pop up and say, “Come with me,”‘ she says.
The pair met in 2006 when she was just 18 and he 37. At the time, Manson was married to Dita von Teese, and Wood had a boyfriend — but Manson struck up a conversation with her and shared an interest in working with her.
It was under the guise of this professional relationship — Manson told Wood he wanted her to be in a film he was working on — that she went to his house one night and they drank absinthe.
Wood says he targeted her as a lost and insecure teenager, when he was two decades her senior (pictured in 2007)
She recalls how he suddenly kissed her, that he ‘stuck his tongue down my throat… Everything went white and I just didn’t know how to respond.’
Things escalated, and ‘it ended with him on top of me and then it was over and I felt really weird and very icky. I wasn’t even really attracted to him.’
But the two did end up dating. Early on, she said, there were hints of his abusive behavior, though he was different with her.
‘In the beginning, it wasn’t directed at me but I saw how he treated people around him,’ she says. ‘But I’m 18. And I’m going, “Well, he’s just a really eccentric artist, and he’s just a really complicated person,” and they would send me in to go calm him down.
It wasn’t long, she says, that he started ‘monitoring’ her.
‘Manson had hacked into my emails. He was watching me, and he had people watching me … under the guide of, “This is for your own good,” she says, adding that he also hacked into her social media accounts.
‘He was monitoring my every move. I couldn’t reach out to anybody do say, “I need help.” Cause if he caught me doing that, then it would be two days getting yelled at, pleading my case, trying to talk him off the ledge. He just knew how to break you down.
Wood says that Manson’s abuse wasn’t fast and immediate, but rather, he broke her down over time
She says he used ‘military’ tactics to break her will, like sleep deprivation and extreme temperatures.
He would also give her odd compliments attached to insults and threats of violence, like ‘you’re so important to me I want to kick you.’
He’s say other odd things, like ‘I’m your vampire,’ ‘You are the blood in my heart’ and ‘I want to stay with you forever.’
Over time, she says, he isolated her from her friends and family.
The abuse escalated, and at one point, Wood says they each carved the other’s initials into themselves.
‘Scarification and branding was part of it,’ she says. ‘He carved an E [into his skin] and I carved an M … as a way to show ownership and loyalty. And I carved it right next to my vagina to show him that I belonged to him.’
At one point, when she broke up with him, he tied her up and beat her until she apologized.
‘We had broken up, and he was calling me and calling me and calling me and I was trying to defuse it,’ she says.
She says he tied her to a kneeler bench in the bedroom and would shock her welts to cause maximum pain
She reaclls going to his house, where he brought her to his bedroom — which is where she saw a kneeler bench, like one used for praying in church, set up in the middle of the room.
‘And I just knew. I just knew what was gonna happen,’ she says.
‘After he tied me up, and hit me over and over and over again with a whip. Which was a Nazi whip from the Holocaust, with a swatstika on it. Because I’m Jewish.
‘And he said he was gonna hit me in the same place over and over again so that it would really hurt. And then he shocked me with the Violet Wand on the welts.’
A Violent Wand produces low-current, high-voltage electricity. Used in BDSM, the electricity is applied to the body, producing painful shocks.
‘He shocked my private parts and it hurt so bad that I broke the kneeler in half. I jerked so hard that I broke the kneeler. And collapsed in just like a pool of tears in his arms.
‘And I remember thinking in that moment, just tell him whatever he wants to hear. Just tell him whatever he wants to hear, and I said, “I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry,” and I was begging for forgiveness, and he was cradling me and saying, “You understand now.”‘
She says that at one point, he carved her initial into his skin and she carved his ‘right next to my vagina to show him that I belonged to him’
He then cut open the skin on his hand and made her drink his blood, before cutting her and drinking her blood.
‘I’m still me and I’m still here, but there was a piece of me absolutely taken. I felt it leave my body, I felt my brain change,’ she says. ‘And the world is never the same. Because everything that happens to you after that point is through the veil of this memory.’
Manson has repeatedly denied the allegations made by Wood in the documentary, and has filed suit against the actress over the ‘malicious falsehood’ of the abuse allegations she has made against him.
The lawsuit, which claims defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress, says Wood publicly cast Manson ‘as a rapist and abuser — a malicious falsehood that has derailed Warner’s successful music, TV, and film career.’
The suit accuses Wood and her ‘on-again, off-again romantic partner’ artist Illma Gore, real name Ashley Gore, of impersonating an FBI agent to distribute a forged letter to ‘create the false appearance’ that Manson’s alleged victims and their families were in danger.
It alleges they provided checklists and scripts to prospective accusers, describing claims to make and how to make them.
Manson has denied her claims and has filed suit, claiming defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress
It also alleges the women hacked Manson’s email, phone and social media accounts, created a phony email to manufacture evidence that he was emailing illegal pornography, and ‘swatted’ him, using a prank call to send authorities to his home and draw further attention to the allegations.
The suit says that Wood had only glowing things to say about Manson during their relationship, and she said nothing of his abusing her for 10 years until she met Gore, an artist whom the lawsuit describes as Wood’s on-again, off-again romantic partner.
In a statement issued to DailyMail.com on March 7, the singer’s lawyer Howard King once again denied Wood’s claims, stating: ‘As we detailed in our lawsuit, nothing that Evan Rachel Wood, Illma Gore or their hand-picked co-conspirators have said on this matter can be trusted. This is just more of the same.
‘But, then again, what else would you expect from a group who have spread falsehood after falsehood about Brian and even went as far as to forge an FBI letter to further their phony claims.