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Trailer for Evan Rachel Wood’s ‘Phoenix Rising’ documentary released

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The trailer has been released for Evan Rachel Wood‘s Phoenix Rising documentary, in which she details allegations of abuse against Marilyn Manson.

“I’m here today to talk about Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson,” Wood says in the clip.

The preview also shows how Wood’s experience with Warner led to her becoming an advocate for domestic violence survivors, including lobbying for legislation extending the statute of limitations for domestic violence cases. The bill, known as the Phoenix Act, inspired the documentary’s name.

When Wood first spoke in support of the Phoenix Act, including in front of the California Senate in 2019, she did not name her abuser. She publicly accused Warner for the first time in February 2021, writing that he had “horrifically abused [her] for years.”

Later that day, Warner addressed unspecified “recent claims” made about him, which he called “horrible distortions of reality.”

Warner has since been accused of abuse by several more women, including actor Esmé Bianco, model Ashley Morgan Smithline, and Warner’s former assistant, Ashley Walters, all of whom filed lawsuits against him. Warner has denied the allegations.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the allegations Wood makes against Warner in Phoenix Rising include that he drugged and raped her during the filming of his “Heart-Shaped Glasses” music video. Warner’s lawyer denied the claim as “false” and an “imaginative retelling.”

Phoenix Rising premieres on HBO in two parts airing March 15 and 16. It’ll be available in full on HBO Max beginning March 15.

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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