'Games of Thrones' actress Esme Bianco sues Marilyn Manson, alleging sexual abuse

Her claims follow similar allegations against the singer by fellow actress Evan Rachel Wood

Esme Bianco has sued Marilyn Manson alleging sexual, physical and emotional abuse. AP
Esme Bianco has sued Marilyn Manson alleging sexual, physical and emotional abuse. AP

Game of Thrones actress Esme Bianco has sued singer Marilyn Manson, alleging sexual, physical and emotional abuse.

In the lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles, Bianco says that Manson violated human trafficking law by bringing her to California from England under the false claims of getting her roles in music videos and movies that never materialised.

An email seeking comment from a lawyer who has previously represented Manson was not immediately returned. However, Manson said earlier this year that all of his intimate relationships have been entirely consensual.

The lawsuit alleges that in 2009, Manson, whose legal name is Brian Warner, flew Bianco to Los Angeles to shoot a video for the song, I Want To Kill You Like They Do In the Movies.

The lawsuit says that Bianco was expected to stay at Manson's home instead of the hotel where she had been booked, and there was no crew, only Manson himself shooting with a phone.

Manson deprived Bianco of food and sleep, but gave her alcohol and drugs, locked her in a bedroom, whipped her, gave her electric shocks, and threatened to enter her room and sexually assault her during the night, the suit alleges. No video for the song was ever released.

The two began a long-distance relationship later that year, the suit says.

Manson again brought Bianco to Los Angeles in 2011, ostensibly to appear in his feature film Phantasmagoria, though that project also never materialised.

During that visit, Manson would not allow Bianco to leave home without his permission, chased her around their apartment with an axe, cut her with a knife without her consent and photographed the cuts and posted the pictures online, also without her consent, the lawsuit alleges.

“It took Ms Bianco years to understand the extent of Mr Warner’s physical, sexual, psychological, and emotional abuse. Her career suffered due to the deterioration of her mental health,” the suit says. “She deals with complex post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and panic attacks to this day as a result.”

The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted, but Bianco said that she is coming forward publicly to air her allegations with hopes that others will do the same.

Bianco first aired many of the allegations in February. She was one of several women who spoke out after actress Evan Rachel Wood said on social media that Manson sexually, physically and emotionally abused her during their relationship. Manson's record label and agents dropped him at the time.

In response to the allegations in February, Manson wrote on Instagram that “these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality. My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how – and why – others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”

Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives also said in February that they were investigating domestic violence allegations against Manson dating from 2009 to 2011 in West Hollywood. They did not identify the woman who made the report.

Bianco’s lawyer did not immediately reply to an email on Friday asking whether she had reported any of the allegations in the lawsuit to police.

Bianco played Ros in the first three seasons of HBO's Game of Thrones.

Updated: May 3, 2021 01:25 PM

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