The actress argues that the goth rock star sexually abused her, while his counsel claims that he was the target of a shakedown attempt.
Esmé Bianco, who plays Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones, has filed a lawsuit against Marilyn Manson, alleging physical, sexual, psychological, and emotional harassment over the course of a multiyear relationship.
Bianco says Manson (real name Brian Warner) “raped Ms. Bianco in or around May 2011” and “used narcotics, force, and threats of force to coerce sexual acts from Ms. Bianco on several occasions.”
Beginning in 2011, Bianco portrayed Ros in the HBO fantasy series. Her charges come after actress Evan Rachel Wood of Westworld and several other women accused Manson of abusing them during their relationships.
“For far too long my abuser has been left unchecked, enabled by money, fame and an industry that turned a blind eye,” Bianco said in a statement. “Despite the numerous brave women who have spoken out against Marilyn Manson, countless survivors remain silenced, and some of their voices will never be heard. My hope is that by raising mine I will help to stop Brian Warner from shattering any more lives and empower other victims to seek their own small measure of justice.”
Manson’s attorney, Howard King, responded to the lawsuit with this statement: “These claims are provably false. To be clear, this suit was only filed after my client refused to be shaken down by Ms. Bianco and her lawyer and give in to their outrageous financial demands based on conduct that simply never occurred. We will vigorously contest these allegations in court and are confident that we will prevail.”
In the complaint obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the lawsuit alleges Bianco was first introduced to Manson in 2005. After Mason’s divorce from Dita Von Teese in 2007, the complaint claims Manson asked Bianco for nude photographs and dangled a potential film project for the actress. In 2009, Manson allegedly flew Bianco to Los Angeles to film a music video for his song “I Want to Kill You Like They Do in the Movies.” Bianco expected a professional video shoot and learned instead there was no crew and that she was expected to stay in Manson’s home. The suit says she was told to wear lingerie as her costume and wasn’t provided food or allowed to sleep, but was given drugs and alcohol.
“Ms. Bianco was threatened and physically beaten,” the suit alleges. “Mr. Warner repeatedly told Ms. Bianco that he would come to her room and rape her during the night. … He attempted to force her to perform sexual acts on camera with another woman who was present throughout the shoot. Perhaps most horrifyingly, Mr. Warner locked Ms. Bianco in the bedroom, tied her to a prayer kneeler, and beat her with a whip that Mr. Warner said was utilized by the Nazis. He also electrocuted her.”
According to the lawsuit, Bianco claimed that protesting would damage her career or cause Manson to harm her further. The so-called “pop video” was never made public.
According to the lawsuit, Manson and Bianco started a consensual sexual relationship in 2009. Mason “bruised and bit Ms. Bianco and publicly groped her without her permission,” according to the complaint, and “attempted to bring a minor back to the hotel with him and Ms. Bianco.”
The two maintained their long-distance relationship until Mason persuaded Bianco to move to Los Angeles and live with him in 2011. Manson allegedly defrauded Bianco by falsely claiming she would star in his forthcoming feature film Phantasmagoria, restricted her movements and who she was allowed to see, and sexually abused her in front of others, according to the lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, Mason was involved in a car accident at one point “Ms. Bianco was sliced with a Nazi knife during intercourse without her knowledge, and the wounds on her body were photographed. He then uploaded the images to the internet without her permission.”
According to the lawsuit, Manson used a mixture of violence and coercion, as well as empty promises of work and threats to her future, to cause her to lose her job and suffer long-term trauma. Bianco is seeking a jury trial and undisclosed compensatory damages.
Bianco is also suing Mason’s former boss, Tony Ciulla, claiming that he violated the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act when “Manson used bribery to carry Bianco to the United States,” and that he served as Bianco’s “babysitter” when Manson was not present. In a statement, the management firm said: “This effort to drag Ciulla Management into this is not only illegal, but also insulting and ludicrous. We are looking forward to formally disputing these entirely baseless accusations.”
“As millions of survivors like myself are painfully aware, our legal system is far from perfect,” Bianco added in a statement. “This is why I co-created the Phoenix Act, a law which gives precious additional healing time to thousands of domestic violence survivors. But while I fight for a more just legal system, I am also pursuing my right to demand my abuser be held to account, using every avenue available to me.”
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating claims made against Manson by five women, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Manson’s most recent social media post was in February, when he wrote on Instagram: “Obviously, my art and life have long attracted criticism, but these recent allegations against me are blatantly false. My romantic relationships have always been with like-minded partners and have always been fully consensual. That is the facts, regardless of how — or why — some now choose to misinterpret the past.”
Source: Hollywood Reporter