Evan Rachel Wood has denied that she “asked” Ashley Morgan Smithline to make false rape allegations against their ex, Marilyn Manson.
“I have never pressured or used Ashley Morgan Smithline to make any accusations [Manson]The “Thirteen” star, 35, said in a Feb. 27 statement filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in connection with the Manson and Wood lawsuit, he got on Page Six Tuesday.
“And I certainly never pressured her or used her to make false accusations.”
Wood also refuted Smithline’s claim in her legal declaration that Wood’s circle of people reached out to coerce her.
Wood noted that the model made her first Instagram contact in March 2019.
The “Westworld” alum provided photos of the alleged interaction on social media as attachments to her statement, which included an Instagram comment from Smithline on one of Wood’s posts, which allegedly read, “When he caught me at the stupid ballet, I was surprised. Hearing him brag about replaying this scene from the rules of attraction to you… I thought no one would ever talk about this. “…
Wood said in a statement that she was upset by the comments because Manson, 54, had allegedly sexually assaulted her while she was watching the same movie, “Laws of Attraction,” and the information was not publicly available. people at that time.
Wood publicly identified Manson as an alleged abuser for the first time in February 2021. Back in February, she accused the rocker of threatening to “fk” her 8-year-old son and forcing her to have sex with him. camera.
During several alleged Instagram exchanges between Wood and Smithline, posts Wood attributed to Smithline repeatedly expressed concern about Manson’s fandom, who allegedly attacked her for speaking out against the “Tainted Love” singer. , according to the show.
In a May 2021 People magazine cover story, Smithline alleged that Manson “whipped her, cut her with a swastika knife and shoved his hand over her mouth during sex.”
Wood, according to the message given in the statement attributed to Smithline, appeared to comfort the model on the backlash, telling her, “They don’t run stories like this without something to back it up after him not. You are too loyal” and encourage her to “block” and “ignore” trolls.
According to court documents, Wood also claimed that the only time she actually met Smithline was to film her HBO show, “Phoenix Rising,” in October 2020. A source previously confirmed this claim to page six.
Manson’s lawyer, Howard King, told Page Six exclusively in response to Wood’s announcement: “It’s no surprise that Evan Rachel Wood is fighting so hard to prevent Ashley Smithline from testifying in court – because she knows the truth she will expose her scheme to use the women who used them. trust her to destroy Brian Warner.”
The statement continued, “Brian Warner has never abused anyone. Ashley Smithline spoke the truth. It’s unfortunate that Evan Rachel Wood – who has already filed a forged FBI letter under oath in other court cases – continues to refuse to do so.”
Wood has stood by her claims against Manson – despite the lawsuit – and it is unclear whether she has responded directly to allegations that she once impersonated an FBI agent.
Smithline, for her part, told Page Six in response to Wood’s comments: “Evan is full of s–t. She called people narcissistic and sociopaths. Watch her movie ‘Pretty Persuasion’. Actually map it all. Or ‘The Crucible’.”
She continued, “This is what happens when bad girls get bored. She destroys unscrupulous people just because she can… She says anything she can to discredit me.”
Representatives for Wood did not immediately return our requests for a response from Smithline or further comment on their client statement.
Monday’s filing comes days after Smithline claimed in court documents that she was “pressured” by “Wood and her associates to make allegations of rape and sexual assault against [Manson] that is not true.”
The model claims she was invited to a group meeting with other alleged victims of Manson, where she was asked about the abuse she experienced.
Smithline said, in the documents, she was told “just because she couldn’t remember” those things “it didn’t necessarily happen,” so she began to believe the alleged lies.
King confirmed exclusively to Page Six that Smithline was not paid to speak with Wood in support of Manson.
The “Dope Show” singer has accused more than ten women of sexual misconduct, but few have filed a lawsuit in court.
However, nearly all of the cases have been dismissed, including Smithline’s, which was dropped in January after she was unable to find a new attorney.
Now there are two other cases that have been dismissed against Jane Doe suspects, including a woman who accused Manson of sexually abusing her when she was a child.
Manson denied all the allegations against him, and filed a defamation and conspiracy lawsuit against Wood and her girlfriend, Illma Gore.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles County District Attorney is investigating the allegations, but Manson has not been charged with the crimes he is accused of.
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