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Evan Rachel Wood launches petition to oust Marilyn Manson video off YouTube

YouTube is ‘monitoring the situation closely’

Phoenix Rising, the two-part documentary that revolves around Evan Rachel Wood’s allegations of abuse against Marilyn Manson, came out this week on HBO. In one of the scenes, Wood alleged that she was “essentially raped on camera” by Manson during the filming of the music video for his 2007 single “Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand).”

On Wednesday (March 16) in an Instagram story, Wood shared a petition calling for YouTube to remove that video. While the video is still available on the platform, a YouTube representative has announced that they’re “monitoring the situation”.

“We’re monitoring the situation closely and will take appropriate action if we determine there is a breach of our creator responsibility guidelines,” YouTube spokesperson Jack Malon said in a statement.

Wood initially accused her former partner of years-long abuse in February 2021, posting a statement to social media that read: “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.”

Four women also came forward in early February, saying that they experienced violence and harassment, sexual and verbal abuse, and were forced by Manson to take drugs. All four women claimed that they still suffer from PTSD.

Directed by documentarian Amy Berg, Phoenix Rising (subtitled “Don’t Fall”) is available to stream via HBO Max. Watch the trailer below.