Marilyn Manson has had a rough week. From Evan Rachel Wood’s accusations of abuse to his forced exit from the Starz show American Gods, Manson currently finds himself struggling to keep his image and his career from tanking. Now, Amber Heard is also joining Wood and several other women in speaking out against the alleged abuser’s crimes.
On February 4, Amber Heard took to Twitter to share a New Yorker article titled, “The Marilyn Manson Reckoning.” Attached to the retweet were her comments on the situation.
Marilyn Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, has now been fired from both the third season of American Gods and Shudder’s Creepshow episode, in which he was scheduled to appear. Accusations against him date back years, with a 2018 police report alleging that he had committed sex crimes as far back as 2011. Amber Heard’s tweet points out that instead of continuing to ignore his actions, it’s time to stand up against Manson’s abusive behavior.
The Marilyn Manson case seems to have hit a nerve for Amber Heard. In recent months, Heard and ex-husband Johnny Depp have been on opposite sides of a heated legal battle, one that ended up costing Depp hundreds of thousands of dollars after he lost the libel suit he filed against The Sun for calling him “a wife-beater.” Since then, Warner Bros has fired him from his role in the third Fantastic Beasts film and replaced him with Mads Mikkelsen. The last few years have been rough for both Heard and Depp, and it seems far from over.
These aren’t new allegations, though. The conflict between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp stretches back years, when Heard accused the latter of physically abusing her. Depp denied her allegations and accused her of trying to obtain money from him through the court system. The two were married from February 2015 to January 2017, when their divorce was finalized.
These developments are ushering in a new age of accountability, one where abuse is met with zero tolerance and consequences leveled against abusers are swift and severe. We still have a long way to go before this is normalized, but it is heartening to see so many people standing with actors like Evan Rachel Wood and Amber Heard, who are coming out against their abusers.
Of course, as with any conflict, there are two sides. Amber Heard absolutely has her fair share of naysayers as well, and it will be interesting to see how those people respond to her standing up for other alleged victims. Hopefully, they appreciate the move and take it as a separate case.
Amber Heard met Depp on the set of The Rum Diary, a 2011 comedy-drama that didn’t receive the best reviews but one that kept her career on a positive trajectory. She has also appeared in Friday Night Lights, Pineapple Express, Zombieland, Machete Kills, and Aquaman. As for her upcoming projects, Heard is still set to appear in the highly anticipated Aquaman 2, despite concerted efforts from people who felt she needed to be fired.
Only time will tell how and if Marilyn Manson will ever recover from these allegations, or if the claims from Evan Rachel Wood will be the end of his career.