American Gods: Marilyn Manson Gone From S03 Over Abuse Allegations

Hours after Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood took to social media (see below) to publically accused musician/actor Marilyn Manson aka Brian Warner (American Gods) of abuse during their time together, STARZ announced via social media that Manson will be removed from the remaining episode he was set to appear in. Manson portrayed Johan Wengren, the lead singer of Viking death metal band Blood Death and worshiper of Wednesday (Ian McShane) who had a prominent role in Sunday night's episode "The Unseen" and was set to return later in the third season. The news on the heels of Manson being dropped from his record label Loma Vista Recordings over the allegations, and there is still no word if Manson will remain a part of the second season cast of AMC Networks' horror streaming service Shudder's Creepshow.

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American Gods (Image: STARZ)

'The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson. He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years," writes Wood in the post. "I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander, or blackmail. I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives. I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent." As Deadline Hollywood reports, Wood and Manson were known to have had a relationship in 2007 (when Wood was 19 and Manson was 38), and the two were engaged for a short time in 2010. Since 2016, Wood has become a prominent activist on behalf of the rights of domestic violence survivors- including testifying before the California Senate in support of the Phoenix Act domestic violence bill. Passed in 2019 and put into effect in 2020, the bill extends the statute of limitations on domestic violence from three years to five years. As of this writing, Manson and his representatives have not responded to Wood's accusations.

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Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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