LOS ANGELES (AP) – Detectives are investigating allegations of domestic violence against rocker Marilyn Manson involving incidents that took place a decade ago in West Hollywood, authorities said on Friday.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Special Victims Office opened the investigation after a woman approached authorities to report the allegations, the sheriff’s Lt. John Adams said. The incidents reportedly occurred between 2009 and 2011, when Manson was living in the city of West Hollywood.
“Our staff is only at the very beginning of an investigation into this,” Adams said. He did not describe the allegations or say when the woman allegedly came forward.
News of the investigation came less than three weeks after actor Evan Rachel Wood publicly accused Manson, her ex-fiance, of sexual and other physical abuse, alleging that she had been “manipulated into submission. During their relationship.
Adams declined to identify the woman who contacted the sheriff’s department, as is typically the case in domestic violence cases.
Manson, 52, real name Brian Warner, has denied Wood’s claims as “horrendous distortions of reality.”
Wood, 33, who stars on HBO’s “Westworld,” previously spoke of relationship abuse, but did not name the person until she detailed the allegations on Instagram on February 1.
“My attacker’s name is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson,” Wood said. “He started grooming me when I was a teenager and abused me horribly for years.
Wood and Manson’s relationship first became public in 2007 when he was 38 and 19. They were briefly engaged in 2010 before going their separate ways.
Manson responded to Wood’s allegations with his own Instagram post on the same day as his post.
“My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners,” her article said. “No matter how – and why – others now choose to distort the past, it is the truth.”
In 2018, Los Angeles County prosecutors refused to press charges against Manson for assault, beatings and sexual assault allegations dating back to 2011, saying they were limited by statutes of limitations and a lack of corroboration. The accuser in this case has only been identified as a social acquaintance of Manson.
He denied the allegations through his lawyer at the time. The lawyer could not be reached for comment on Friday.
The Associated Press doesn’t normally name people who claim to be victims of sexual assault, but has named Wood because of his decision to speak out publicly.