On the basis of a brief meeting, Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood seems like a perfectly normal, straightforward young lady with none of the personal traumas and troubles endemic in Hollywood.
Yet the 28-year-old actress has had an exceptionally turbulent romantic and marital life and recently gave an emotional testimony to a House Judiciary Subcomittee in Washington DC describing two rapes she said happened a decade ago and the abuse she suffered from one of her boyfriends:
"It started slow but escalated over time, including threats against my life, severe gas-lighting and brainwashing, waking up to the man that claimed to love me raping what he believed to be my unconscious body. And the worst part: Sick rituals of binding me up by my hands and feet to be mentally and physically tortured until my abuser felt I had proven my love for him."
She continued: "While I was tied up and being beaten and told unspeakable things I truly felt like I could die. Not just because my abuser said to me, 'I could kill you right now,' but because in that moment I felt I had left my body and I was too afraid to run."
She said she was later assaulted by another man and explained that her previous experience made her a target, saying: "Being abused and raped previously made it easier for me to be raped again---not the other way round."
She said she was so affected by the sexual assaults that she spent time in a psychiatric hospital after attempting to commit suicide.
Evan Rachel, who has been acting in TV shows and movies since she was seven-years-old, has a four-year-old son with British actor Jamie Bell whom she met at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005, split up with him the following year, then reconciled in 2010. They married in October 2012 and separated 19 months later.
Between 2006 and 2010 she had an-off affair with Marilyn Manson and was rumoured to have been a factor in Manson's divorce from his wife of one year Dita Von Teese. She and Manson split in 2008, reconciled in 2009 and became engaged in 2010. They ended their engagement in August 2010.
In January last year she became engaged to Zach Villa, her bandmate in the band Rebel and a Basketcase, but they called off their engagement eight months later.
She also briefly dated actor-musician Shane West and her True Blood co-star Alexander Skarsgard.
She is currently taking a break from romance and in her new movie Allure she ironically stars as a former survivor turned abuser who becomes obsessed with, seduces and emotionally abuses a teenage girl.
“I thought, you want equal opportunity for women? That also means in this way: looking at the dark side," she says.
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