Esmé Bianco, the actress known for playing Ros on HBO’s Game of Thrones, has sued Marilyn Manson for sexual assault and rape. The English actress described the assault early in 2021 shortly after Evan Rachel Wood alleged that Manson abused her but it is until now that she officially sues the singer.
According to the lawsuit, Brian Warner, professionally known as Marilyn Manson “expressed an interest in casting” her in a film. Esme Bianco met Warner hrough his then-fiancée, Dita Von Teese, in 2005. After his divorce from Von Teese in 2007, that's when Manson started conversations with her. She claims that Manson “made his first sexual overtures towards” her asking “her for nude photographs on multiple occasions, each time playing the request off as a joke.”
It is also claimed that Warner is responsible for human trafficking because he offered her a job and it was all a fraud since Bianco flew to Los Angeles to appear in the music video for Manson’s song “I Want to Kill You Like They Do in the Movies and a horror film based on the works of Lewis Carroll called Phantasmagoria. The video clip nor the movie were never officially released.
The lawsuit also mentions that the singer acted without consent including activities like spanking, biting, cutting, and whipping. "He attempted to force her to perform sexual acts on camera with another woman who was present throughout the shoot," the lawsuit read. "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." At one point, she claims, he prevented her from escaping by locking her in a bedroom.
Bianco also names Manson’s former manager Tony Ciulla and Ciulla Management as defendants in the lawsuit. Bianco claims that Ciulla and his management company are also responsible because they benefited financially from “allowing this abuse to continue.”
Esmé Bianco also released a statement, declaring that for a very long time her abuser has been free thanks to his money, fame, and “an industry that turned a blind eye,” “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.”
Esmé Bianco is not the first woman to address Marilyn Manson as her abuser and most probably, she will not be the last. The actress Evan Rachel Wood and at least other five women have raised their voices but Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office declined to pursue a case against Manson.