Actress Defends MARILYN MANSON Breakup

Actress Evan Rachel Wood has released a statement to People magazine slamming media reports that she split up with shock rocker Marilyn Manson in a bitter fight over Wood's brother Ira, who was said to have been living with the pair.

"Manson and I both decided to take some time apart so we could concentrate on work. Someone used that opportunity to kick us while we were down and sell a completely false story," the actress, 21, told People.

She added, "Manson owns the house he lives in. My brother has never stayed there and the person that said such horrible things about Manson being 'controlling' and 'emotionally abusive' is certainly no source 'close' to me. Manson has been by my side and taken care of me through the best and worst times. I love him as a person and as an artist. I will always be proud to have been a part of that.

"If any more attacks are made on us, it is the act of a desperate, selfish person, who is angry to no longer be a part of my life. No further comment will be made and we request our privacy at this time."

Manson and Wood began dating in December 2006, following his split from then-wife, burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese.

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