Evan Rachel Wood is refuting claims that she “manipulated” a Marilyn Manson accuser into making fraudulent accusations against the rocker, arguing via screenshots and voicemails that model Ashley Morgan Smithline reached out to her first with allegations of sexual assault, and used to be then pressured by Manson’s followers and upright physique of workers to recant.
Attorneys for Wood, 35, filed her declaration in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday denying Smithline’s allegations — made in a sworn assertion filed final week by Manson’s attorneys — that she and others “consistently gaslit” Smithline into thinking she’d been sexually abused by the steel rocker, 54.
“I by no method pressured or manipulated Ashley Morgan Smithline to develop any accusations against [Manson], and I indubitably by no method pressured or manipulated her to develop accusations that weren’t appropriate,” wrote Wood, who herself has accused Manson of sexual assault. “It used to be Ms. Smithline who first contacted me in March 2019.”
In her declaration, the Westworld actress acknowledged her first come across with Smithline, 38, came in March 2019, when the model commented on an Instagram post Wood had shared about being a survivor of home violence.
Ashley Smithline; Marilyn Manson.
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Even though Wood had yet to establish Manson as her alleged abuser, Smithline’s feedback — of which Wood shared screenshots — indicated Smithline knew it used to be Manson, as she referenced info about Wood’s “non-public experiences with [Manson] that used to be now now not publicly on hand in the intervening time.”
The actress acknowledged she most engaging met Smithline as soon as in particular person, at a meeting of alleged survivors in October 2020 that used to be filmed for the documentary Phoenix Rising. Wood acknowledged she by no method spoke on the cell phone to Smithline sooner than the meeting, in the course of which Smithline described the abuse Manson had allegedly inflicted upon her in the course of their fast relationship.
Smithline has now now not responded to requests for screech from PEOPLE. In a assertion to Rolling Stone, Smithline responded to Wood’s declaration, asserting: “Evan’s elephantine of s—. That’s my screech. She’s asserting the leisure she can to discredit me.”
Wood’s declaration furthermore incorporated screenshots of more than one Instagram non-public messages allegedly shared between Wood and Smithline, in conjunction with one in which Smithline tells the vital particular person: “I will be succesful to not breathe. I in actual fact don’t get any reason to develop this up!” after her allegations were published in a Might perhaps well well presumably 2021 Of us hide myth and covered on The Peek.
Smithline furthermore accused the vital particular person of abuse in a June 2021 civil complaint that used to be brushed off in January 2023 because she did now not get a lawyer. Manson has denied all allegations against him, which embrace claims of abuse from 11 ladies folk.
Assorted screenshots present that Smithline perceived to get increasing concerns over harassment from Manson supporters, as she allegedly wrote to Wood in Might perhaps well well presumably 2021: “(His followers) relief going. They may well ogle him [plead] guilty while beating and raping a 12 year former and converse, ‘he’s harmless. Where is the proof.’ it takes a special form of particular person to threaten rape and abuse victims with rape and abuse.”
“Actual know that YOU procedure me free. By listening. I fancy you,” Smithline allegedly wrote to Wood in March 2022.
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Wood’s submitting furthermore entails voicemails left by Smithline for a friend in June 2022 that appear to prove the model discussing a name she acknowledged she’d got from Manson’s lawyer Howard King, who in the slay submitted to the court the sworn assertion in which she recanted her allegations.
“He known as… I may play you the message, it says, ‘Hi Ashley, here is Howard King… I would take to keep in touch with you appropriate one on one at present, no attorneys or one thing,’ he acknowledged, ‘, appropriate focus on fancy of us,'” Smithline allegedly says in the voicemail. “And the categorical reason why he will be calling me the least bit a week ago and leaving a message is that he thinks I’m the worn link and he may well perhaps get to resolve with me to flip on totally different ladies and converse that it used to be all fancy, a ruse.”
In a assertion to PEOPLE, King denied Wood’s allegations, asserting: “I by no method discussed Ashley Smithline’s claims against Brian Warner until after she had reached out to me and terminated her counsel. Furthermore, when Ms. Smithline only in the near past spoke with me for practically two hours, we taped the conversation in elephantine and that recording proves that each ingredient in her declaration used to be taken from her words, now now not mine.”
Manson filed a defamation suit against Wood and Illma Gore in March 2022, alleging that the pair conspired to coerce totally different ladies folk into making allegations against him.
In the documents filed Monday, Wood slammed Manson’s suit, writing it used to be filed “with out a shred of evidence to substantiate his meritless claim.” It furthermore made existing that Manson had by no method tried to develop Smithline sit down for a deposition in describe to oppose the anti-SLAPP motions filed by Wood in April 2022.
“[Manson] understood that if [Wood and Gore] had the replace to query Smithline, the categorical truth would come out: [Wood and Gore] by no method pressured or manipulated Smithline,” the documents converse. “It used to be Smithline who reached out to Wood about the abuse that she had suffered more than a year sooner than Smithline now claims to get been manipulated into believing she used to be abused…. Accordingly, in procedure of interrogate Smithline’s deposition, [Manson] pursued a declaration with a (fraudulent) yarn that [Manson’s] counsel may well perhaps draft, edit, and regulate.”
The documents furthermore fight Smithline’s timeline of occasions, and argue that she used to be mainly pressured by Manson “followers and attorneys to recant” her allegations, now now not by Wood and Gore.
“The real stress Smithline faced used to be now to now not develop allegations against [Manson]—it used to be to plan end them,” the documents converse. “Smithline’s declaration is therefore wholly unreliable.”
Smithline’s sworn assertion used to be filed on Feb. 23, and in it, she acknowledged that over conversations with Wood, she began to query whether Manson in actual fact had abused her, and says Wood and others advised she “may well perhaps honest appropriate be misremembering” and “repressing” her recollections of their time together after Smithline informed them Manson had now now not abused her.
A get for Wood denied that used to be the case in a assertion to PEOPLE on the time.
“Evan by no method pressured or manipulated Ashley. It used to be Ashley who first contacted Evan about the abuse she had suffered,” the assertion read. “Or now now not it’s unhappy that the harassment and threats Ashley got after submitting her federal lawsuit appear to get pressured her to commerce her testimony.”
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