Esme Bianco, best known for her role as Ros in Game of Thrones, has recently filed a lawsuit against Marilyn Manson and his former manager, Tony Ciulla, for sexual assault, sexual battery, and human trafficking.
Bianco claims that in 2009 Manson flew her from London to L.A. to perform in a music video that he never published. Marilyn Manson, legally known as Brian Warner, forced her to stay at his house instead of the hotel she’d originally planned for, and during the filming process, Bianco was only fed alcohol and drugs. No crew arrived, and Manson recorded the entire video on a handheld camera as he electrocuted, beat, and threaten to rape the actress.
“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,” the lawsuit states.
“I basically felt like a prisoner,” Bianco said about living in America on the work visa provided by Manson. “I came and went at his pleasure. Who I spoke to was completely controlled by him. I called my family hiding in the closet.”
According to the lawsuit, “It took Ms. Bianco years to understand the extent of Mr. Warner’s physical, sexual, psychological, and emotional abuse.”
Esme Bianco took a stand against Manson in 2019 when she advocated for the Phoenix Act, a California law that has been passed in order to protect domestic abuse survivors. However, it wasn’t until this February that she specified her abused by name and joined Rachel Wood in the fight against Manson.
Other women have stepped forward to share their stories about Marilyn Manson, including Phoebe Bridgers, who tweeted, “I went to Marilyn Manson’s house when I was a teenager with some friends. I was a big fan. He referred to a room in his house as the ‘r*pe room.’ I thought it was just his horrible frat boy sense of humor. I stopped being a fan. I stand with everyone who came forward.”
Since then, Tony Ciulla has dropped Manson as a client, but Esme Bianco’s charges still stand. According to Bianco, Manson engaged in human trafficking by forcing her to engage in unpaid labor such as “serving and preparing food for Mr. Warner and his guests, cleaning his apartment, consulting on his album, providing uncredited backup vocals during the creative process for the album Born Villain, and being offered up to his guests and bandmates to ‘spank.”
Marilyn Manson has taken to Instagram to release a statement: “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.”