Marilyn Manson has been sued by Game of Thrones actress Esme Bianco for alleged “sexual assault and sex trafficking.”
Bianco was one of the many women, including actor Evan Rachel Wood, who spoke out against the musician earlier this year. Manson has denied the charges levelled against him.
Following the February scandal, the 38-year-old actor filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California on Friday, Rolling Stone reported.
She claimed that the singer – whose real name is Brian Hugh Warner – raped and sexually assaulted her.
“On multiple occasions, Mr Warner used drugs, force, and threats of force to coerce sexual acts from Ms Bianco,” the lawsuit stated, according to the outlet.
“In or around May 2011, Mr Warner raped Ms Bianco.”
Additionally, it claimed that Marilyn “committed sexual acts” with Bianco while she was unconscious or incapable of consenting, and listed the ways she claims he sexually battered her:
“These acts include spanking, biting, cutting, and whipping Ms Bianco’s buttocks, breasts, and genitals for Mr Warner’s sexual gratification – all without Plaintiff’s consent.”
Tony Ciulla, Manson’s longtime manager, severed ties with the singer after 25 years in the wake of the February accusations.
According to the lawsuit, Manson engaged in human trafficking by bringing Bianco to the United States to appear in a music video for his song I Want to Kill You Like They Do in the Movies and an unproduced horror film based on Lewis Carroll’s works called Phantasmagoria.
“He promised employment opportunities that never materialised while interfering with her visa application,” the complaint stated.
She claimed that he “(directed) Ms Bianco to draught documentation confirming her participation in his upcoming film.”
The filing continued, “By interfering with Ms Bianco’s visa application, Mr Warner was able to exert control over her by threatening to withhold support if she dissatisfied him.”
She claimed that he prevented her from leaving during an incident by locking her in a bedroom.
Additionally, Bianco claimed he coerced her into performing “unpaid labour.”
According to the lawsuit, “this included serving and preparing food for Mr Warner and his guests, cleaning his apartment, consulting on his album, providing uncredited backup vocals during the creative process of the album Born Villain, and being offered up to his guests and bandmates to’spank.’
“Mr Warner implied that Ms Bianco owed him labour and sexual intimacy because he brought her to the United States and provided housing.”
Bianco told Rolling Stone: “As millions of survivors, including myself, are painfully aware, our legal system is far from perfect.”
“This is why I co-authored the Phoenix Act, a law that provides critical additional healing time to thousands of survivors of domestic violence.
“However, while I fight for a more just legal system, I am also pursuing my right to hold my abuser accountable through every available avenue.
“For far too long, my abuser was allowed to operate freely, aided by money, celebrity, and an industry that turned a blind eye.”
“Despite the numerous courageous women who have spoken out against Marilyn Manson, countless survivors remain silent, and some will never have their voices heard,” she continued.
“I hope that by raising my voice, I can help prevent Brian Warner from shattering any more lives and empower other victims to seek their own measure of justice.”
Additionally, she claimed that Manson drugged her and deprived her of food and sleep.
According to the lawsuit, this was done “in order to physically and psychologically weaken her and impair her ability to refuse him.”
The actor is seeking unspecified damages for alleged abuse.
Bianco asserted that Tony Ciulla and his Ciulla Management company were also responsible for “allowing this abuse to continue” financially.
Additionally, she claimed that Ciulla Management was aware of the singer’s assistant acting as a “babysitter” when the singer was unavailable.
According to the lawsuit, “Mr Warner’s former assistants directly discussed Mr Warner’s abuse with Mr Ciulla.”
“Mr Warner’s management had a vested interest in encouraging his violent tendencies in order to promote his ‘art’ and the Marilyn Manson brand, and were complicit in Mr Warner’s abuse of Ms Bianco.”
Regarding how their relationship began, Bianco claimed in the lawsuit that she was duped into believing she was there for a music video following Manson and Dita Von Teese’s 2007 divorce.
“Upon arrival, Ms Bianco discovered that there was no crew present and that she was expected to stay at Mr Warner’s home rather than the hotel previously reserved,” the lawsuit claimed.
Additionally, it claimed she was not provided with food during the four-day shoot and was compensated with alcohol and drugs.
The singer allegedly forced her to wear lingerie the entire time, would deny her sleep, and would keep her on call 24 hours a day.
Bianco claimed that during the shoot, Manson acted erratically, breaking his camera at one point in a fit of rage.
She claimed he forced her to watch a violent film and attempted to coerce her into performing sexual acts with another woman on camera.
“Perhaps most heinous of all, Mr Warner locked Ms Bianco in her bedroom, tied her to a prayer kneeler, and beat her with a whip that Mr Warner claimed was used by the Nazis,” the lawsuit claimed. “In addition, he electrocuted her.”
Manson allegedly flew to London in May 2009 and began a consensual sexual relationship with Bianco.
He allegedly groped her in public without her consent and forced her to adhere to a dress code.
“During press visits, he compelled her to sit at his feet,” the filing claimed. “During interviews, he verbally degraded her. He also attempted to bring a minor with him and Ms Bianco back to the hotel.”
They maintained a long-distance relationship until April 2011, when he invited Bianco to relocate to Los Angeles, claiming he would secure her a visa.
She shared an apartment with him for only two and a half months after they moved in together.
That is when he threatened her visa status, held her captive in his apartment, and locked her in a closet, she claimed.
The lawsuit claimed that on one occasion, Mr Warner chased Plaintiff around the apartment with an axe, smashing holes in the walls.
Mr Warner also cut Ms Bianco with a Nazi knife during sex without her consent and photographed the cuts on her body on another occasion.
He then uploaded the photos to the internet without her permission.
Mr Warner’s friends, bandmates, assistant, producer, and other colleagues were all witnesses to various facets of this abuse, including (his former manager) Mr Ciulla.”
Marilyn allegedly escaped one day in June 2011 while she was sleeping.
Following her departure, she claimed he threatened her visa once more.
They reconnected two years later following one of Manson’s concerts. She later met him on his bus, where he “forcibly kissed her without her consent and attempted to prevent her from leaving,” according to the filing.
“I am inspired by Ms Bianco’s tenacity and commitment to holding Brian Warner accountable,” Bianco’s attorney, Jay Ellwanger, told Rolling Stone.
“While we recognise that criminal investigations are ongoing, it is critical that we exhaust all available avenues to hold him accountable for the atrocities he committed.”
Bianco first spoke out against Manson in February, describing him as a “monster.”
Bianco, who played Ros in the first three seasons of Game of Thrones, began dating Manson in 2011, she claims in a New York Magazine story.
At least five women, including Hollywood actress Evan Rachel Wood, 33, have publicly accused the rocker, 52, of abuse.
Wood — who collaborated with Bianco in 2019 to reform California’s domestic-violence laws — claimed Manson “horribly abused me for years.”
Wood, who stars in HBO’s Westworld, stated: “My abuser’s name is Brian Warner, also known as Marilyn Manson.”
“He began grooming me as a teenager and abused me horribly for years. I was duped and coerced into submission.”
Manson has denied the charges, claiming that all of his romantic relationships have been “completely consensual.”
He stated on Instagram: “Clearly, my life and art have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are heinous distortions of reality.”
“My intimate relationships with like-minded partners have always been entirely consensual. That is the truth, regardless of how — or why — others now choose to misrepresent the past.”
Since then, police have been investigating him for alleged sex and domestic abuse by at least 11 women.
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