Game of Thrones' Esmé Bianco sues Marilyn Manson over sexual assault allegations

Joe Anderton
·3-min read
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Photo credit: Imeh Akpanudosen - Getty Images

This article contains details of sexual assault allegations that some readers may find distressing.

Game of Thrones actress Esmé Bianco was among the women who accused Marilyn Manson of sexual assault earlier this year, and is now suing the musician.

Bianco, who played Ros in the HBO series, is the first to file a lawsuit against Manson (real name Brian Warner) and his manager Tony Ciulla, alleging sexual assualt, sexual battery and violating human trafficking laws.

Manson has previously denied the allegations made against him, saying: "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."

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Photo credit: Toni Anne Barson/WireImage - Getty Images

The British actress says she was invited to the United States to film a music video in 2009, but claims she was told upon arrival that she was expected to stay at his house and that there was no film crew. She says she was lured to the US for work that never happened.

Bianco states she and Warner began a consensual sexual relationship that year until 2011, but during that time there were instances of non-consensual intercourse and battery.

Excerpts from her filing, via the BBC, read: "Mr Warner implied that because he had brought Ms Bianco to the United States and provided housing, she owed him labour and sexual intimacy.

"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 utilised by the Nazis. He also electrocuted her."

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Photo credit: Phillip Faraone - Getty Images

Bianco added: "My hope is that by raising [my voice], 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 and Ciulla have not publicly responded to the lawsuit at the time of writing, nor Digital Spy's enquiries.

Following the allegations made earlier this year, Manson was dropped by his record label and his appearance from American Gods was cut.

Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

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