On Friday, Esmé Bianco, the actress best known for her role as Ros on Game of Thrones, filed suit against Marilyn Manson and his former manager, Tony Cuilla, claiming Manson raped and tortured her, and that he and Cuilla violated U.S. human trafficking laws by luring her from London to L.A. on the pretense of working on a music video.
Bianco, 38, was in a relationship with Manson, 52, for three years and is one of several women, including Evan Rachel Wood, whose accusations of sex abuse led the Special Victims Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to open an investigation of the singer in February.
According to the suit, obtained by Rolling Stone, Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, “raped Ms. Bianco in or around May 2011” and “committed sexual acts with Bianco at times when she was unconscious or unable to consent… These acts include spanking, biting, cutting, and whipping Ms. Bianco’s buttocks, breasts, and genitals for Mr. Warner’s sexual gratification—all without the consent of Plaintiff.”
In August 2018, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced it had declined to pursue a case against Manson based on a police report filed against him for alleged unspecified sex crimes dating back to 2011 due to the statute of limitations and “absence of corroboration.”
Additionally, Friday’s filing alleges, “Mr. Warner cut Ms. Bianco with a Nazi knife during sex, without her consent, and photographed the cuts on her body. He then posted the photos online without her consent.”
Bianco claims that the abuse began in 2009 when she flew to L.A. to work on a video for Manson’s “I want to kill you like they do in the movies,” only to discover that the “shoot” was being filmed with Flip cameras by Manson himself, that she was expected to stay at his home, and was deprived of food during her four-day stay, although she was given drugs and alcohol.
After Manson threatened to rape Bianco during that initial stay, the suit states, “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.”
On February 11, Bianco told Good Morning America, “I was coerced, I was defrauded, I was transported from the U.K. to the U.S., I was harbored, and then I was coerced into involuntarily servitude, which included sexual abuse and physical abuse.”
Earlier that month, Manson issued a blanket denial of all accusations on Instagram, writing, “Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but 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.”
On Friday, Bianco tweeted about her work to pass the Phoenix Act, a bill that advocates for extending the statute of limitations in sex assault cases. It was signed into law by California Governor Gavin Newsom in 2019.
— Esmé Bianco (@esmebianco) April 30, 2021
Since the allegations first came to light, Manson has been dropped by CAA as well as his record label. Horror network Shudder has scrapped an episode of Creepshow that features Manson, and he has been edited out of an episode of Starz’s American Gods.
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