January 30, 2023

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Marilyn Manson is settling Esme Bianco’s sexual assault trial

Marilyn Manson has settled a sexual assault lawsuit filed by Game of Thrones actress Esme Bianco, reports Rolling Stone.

“MS. Bianco has agreed to settle her claims against Brian Warner and Marilyn Manson Records, Inc. to move on with her life and career,” said Bianco’s attorney, Jay Ellwanger. The terms of the settlement are unknown.

Bianco filed a lawsuit against Manson, born Brian Warner, and his label Marilyn Manson Records, Inc. in 2021, accusing him of rape, sexual violence and human trafficking. Citing a 2011 incident, Bianco alleged that Manson “used drugs, violence, and threats of violence to coerce sexual acts,” and also described abuse, including caning, biting, cutting, and flogging of Bianco without her consent.

Bianco, a British actress, also alleged in her lawsuit that Manson “interceded” in her process to obtain a United States visa by promising her work in a music video and a film that never materialized. “Mr. Warner was able to control Ms. Bianco, threatening to withdraw support if he disliked her,” the filing reads. Bianco also accused the musician of making her work for free, a violation of the California human trafficking laws and lock her in a bedroom to prevent her from escaping.

Bianco was the first woman to file a lawsuit against Manson, but not the first to accuse him of sexual abuse. Evan Rachel Wood sparked an avalanche of accusations when she laid out a disturbing list of abuses the singer committed during their relationship; She describes her experiences in the documentary Phoenix Rising. In response, Manson sued Wood for defamation.

Another of Manson’s alleged accusers, Ashley Morgan Smithline, saw her lawsuit dismissed after her attorney withdrew her representation.