(AP) — Actress Esmé Bianco sued Marilyn Manson on Friday, alleging sexual, physical and emotional abuse.
In the lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles, Bianco, who played Ros in the first three seasons of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” says that Manson violated human trafficking law by bringing her to California from England under the false pretenses of roles in music videos and movies that never materialized.
The lawsuit alleges that in 2009, Manson, whose legal name is Brian Warner, flew Bianco to Los Angeles to shoot a video for the song, “I Want to Kill You Like They Do in the Movies.” The lawsuit says that Bianco was expected to stay at Manson’s home instead of the hotel where she had been booked, and there was no crew, only Manson himself shooting with a phone. Manson deprived Bianco of food and sleep, though he gave her alcohol and drugs, locked her in a bedroom, whipped her, gave her electric shocks, tried to force her to have sex with another woman and threatened to enter her room and rape her during the night, the lawsuit alleges. No video was ever released.
Manson’s attorney, Howard E. King, responded: “These claims are provably false. To be clear, this suit was only filed after my client refused to be shaken down by Ms. Bianco and her lawyer and give in to their 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.”
Manson and Bianco began a long-distance relationship later in 2009, the suit says. Manson again brought Bianco to L.A. in 2011, ostensibly to appear in his feature film, “Phantasmagoria,” though that project also never materialized. During that visit, Manson would not allow Bianco to leave home without his permission, chased her around their apartment with an ax, cut her without her consent and photographed the cuts and posted the pictures online, also without her consent, the suit alleges.
The AP generally does not identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted. But Bianco said she is coming forward publicly to air her allegations with hopes that others will do the same.