GOT's Bianco sues Manson for alleged rape, abuse, violence

LOS ANGELES • Game Of Thrones (GOT) actress Esme Bianco filed a lawsuit against American goth rocker Marilyn Manson last Friday, setting out graphic allegations of rape, sexual abuse and violence.

According to the papers filed at a California court, Bianco, 38, was twice invited to Los Angeles by Manson - whose real name is Brian Warner - with the promise of paid work, only to be subjected to acts of sexual violence, including being cut, whipped and electrocuted without her consent.

"Mr Warner raped Ms Bianco in or around May 2011," the lawsuit alleges.

"Mr Warner committed sexual acts with Ms Bianco when she was unconscious or otherwise unable to consent" and "also committed sexual battery against Ms Bianco on multiple occasions", it said.

In a statement to Agence France-Presse, Manson's lawyer Howard King described the claims as "provably false" and accused Bianco and her attorney of making "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," Mr King added.

Los Angeles police in February confirmed they were investigating domestic violence allegations against the singer between 2009 and 2011. The dates and location of their investigation coincide with Bianco's allegations.

Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood, 33, has also accused Manson, 52, of years of abuse starting when she was a teenager - allegations Manson called "horrible distortions of reality" in an Instagram post.

Bianco, who was a fan of Manson as a teenager, appeared in 14 episodes of the smash-hit fantasy series Game Of Thrones between 2011 and 2013, playing a prostitute called Ros.

The British actress said in a statement last Friday that she had spoken out to stop Manson "from shattering any more lives and empower other victims to seek their own small measure of justice".

According to her lawsuit, she first visited Manson in Los Angeles in 2009 for what she understood to be a music video shoot. Later that year, he visited her in London and they began a consensual relationship, the papers state.

In 2011, Bianco moved to Los Angeles and was told she would star in a feature film called Phantasmagoria with Manson before spending 21/2 months "enduring constant abuse" under the threat of her visa process being damaged, the lawsuit alleges.

Manson has long cultivated a controversial image with his ghostly make-up and stage name evoking serial killer Charles Manson.

He has parted ways with long-time manager Tony Ciulla, as well as record label Loma Vista Recordings and Hollywood agency CAA, since the allegations became public.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 03, 2021, with the headline 'GOT's Bianco sues Manson for alleged rape, abuse, violence'. Subscribe