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Evan Rachel Wood doc ‘Phoenix Rising’ detailing experience with domestic violence premiering at Sundance

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Evan Rachel Wood, who has accused Marilyn Manson of abuse, will detail her experience with domestic violence in a new documentary titled Phoenix Rising.

The first installment of the two-part film will premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, taking place virtually from January 20 to January 30. According to a description on the Sundance websitePhoenix Rising follows Wood as she “moves toward naming her infamous abuser for the first time.”

While the description does not mention him specifically, it is presumably referring to Manson, to whom Wood was once engaged. In a February 2021 social media post, Wood wrote that Manson, born Brian Warner, had “horrifically abused [her] for years.” Warner responded with a statement that did not mention Wood’s allegations specifically, only that “recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality.”

Following Wood’s allegations, more women came forward with accusations of sexual, physical and mental abuse against Warner, including actor Esmé Bianco, model Ashley Morgan Smithline, and Warner’s former assistant, Ashley Walters, all of whom filed lawsuits against him. Through lawyers, Warner has denied the allegations.

For anyone affected by abuse and needing support, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 1-866-331-9474.

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