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Game Of Thrones‘s Esmé Bianco Suing Marilyn Manson For Alleged Rape & Sex Trafficking

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British actress Esmé Bianco, known for her role as Ros in HBO’s Game Of Thrones, sued musician Marilyn Manson and her former manager, Tony Ciulla, for allegedly sexually abusing her and beating her.
The lawsuit, filed on April 30, alleges that Manson (born Brian Warner) raped Bianco around May 2011, and that he allegedly “committed sexual acts” against the actress when she was unable to give her consent. In addition, she claims that Manson and Ciulla’s management company violated human trafficking laws by bringing her from London to Los Angeles with the promise that she would be acting in a film that was never made and a video that was never released. .
“Mr. Warner used drugs, force and threats of force to coerce Ms. Bianco’s sexual acts on several occasions,” says the lawsuit. He also lists the ways in which she claims he sexually assaulted her: “These acts include beatings, bites, cuts and lashes on Ms. Bianco’s buttocks, breasts and genitals for Mr. Warner’s sexual satisfaction – all without the Claimant’s consent. “She also says he gave her drugs and deprived her of sleep and food to” lessen his ability to refuse it “- something that actress Evan Rachel Wood also described in her own allegations against the musician in February.
Bianco met Warner through his ex-fiancee, Dita Von Teese, in 2005, and two years after his divorce in 2007, he attracted Bianco to the United States on the pretext that she would appear in a video clip of his song “I Want to Kill you like they do in the cinema ”and a horror film based on the works of Lewis Carroll called Phantasmagoria, which was never made. Bianco states that, when she arrived, there was no staff for the video clip and that she should stay at his house instead of the promised hotel. The “fraud”, claims Bianco, however, did occur when he made her draft a deal to star in her film. “Upon entering the visa process of Ms. Bianco”, says the complaint, “Mr. Warner was able to control Mrs. Bianco by threatening to withdraw support if she disliked him. “

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Bianco was one of the few women who, in February 2021, claimed that Manson had abused them during the course of their respective relationships. Actress Wood had spoken publicly about being a domestic violence survivor since 2016, but it wasn’t until earlier this year that she specifically named Manson. “He started to prepare me when I was a teenager and he abused me horribly for years,” wrote Wood on his Instagram on February 1. “I was brainwashed and manipulated to submit. I am tired of living in fear of retaliation, slander or blackmail. I am here to expose this dangerous man and summon the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins more lives. I have the many victims who will not remain silent ”.
In a detailed report for The Cut on February 10, Bianco described Manson’s alleged abuse, but he also cautioned those around him, including much of the public, for turning a blind eye to his misconduct. “He said to the world over and over again, ‘This is who I am,'” she said. “He hid himself in plain sight.”

After the charges against him arose in February, Manson released a statement calling them “horrible distortions of reality” and said that their “intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with partners of similar minds”. “Regardless of how – and why – others are now choosing to distort the past, that is the truth,” he claimed. Manson was soon pulled from his label Loma Vista Recordings and his talent agency, CAA.
In the current lawsuit, Bianco claimed that she performed a series of “unpaid work” – including serving food for him and his guests and cleaning his apartment – that violates US law regarding human trafficking. In the complaint, she claimed that she was “being offered to guests and bandmates to ‘hit’. Mr. Warner implied that, because he brought Mrs. Bianco to the United States and provided housing, she owed him work and sexual intimacy. ”
She also claims that Ciulla and her company were direct accomplices in her abuse. “Mr. Former Warner assistants discussed Warner’s abuse directly with Mr. Ciulla,” says the lawsuit. “Mr. Warner management was interested in supporting its violent tendencies to encourage the creation of its ‘art’ and the promotion of Marilyn Manson’s brand, and were complicit in Warner’s abuse of Ms. Bianco. “
Refinery29 contacted Bianco, Ciulla and Manson for further comments.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
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