Actress Esme Bianco and Marilyn Manson settled out of court over the sexual assault lawsuit she filed against him and his company, Marilyn Manson Records, Inc., in 2021. The actress, who appeared in game of Thrones, alleged that the singer, whose real name is Brian Warner, had raped and sexually assaulted her; she also claimed that he had violated California human trafficking laws. The terms of the deal are unknown.
“Millisecond. Bianco has agreed to settle her claims against Brian Warner and Marilyn Manson Records, Inc. so she can move on with her life and career,” says her attorney, Jay Ellwanger. Rolling Stone.
“Milisecond. Bianco has agreed to settle his claims against Brian Warner and Marilyn Manson Records, Inc.,” says Warner’s attorney, Howard King. Rolling Stone.
Bianco was one of more than a dozen women who came forward with sexual assault allegations against Warner after actress Evan Rachel Wood claimed on Instagram that Warner had abused her in February 2021. Bianco, who, with Wood, co-created the Phoenix Law. , which expands the rights of survivors of domestic violence, she was the first woman to file a lawsuit against it. “Mr. Warner used drugs, force, and threats of force to compel Ms. Bianco to perform sexual acts on multiple occasions,” the filing reads. “Mr. Warner raped Ms. Bianco around May 2011.”
The complaint also alleged that Warner had sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious and unable to consent. He also detailed more ways in which he had allegedly abused her: “These acts include spanking, biting, cutting, and spanking Ms. Bianco’s buttocks, breasts, and genitalia for the sexual gratification of Mr. Warner, all without the consent of Mr. of the plaintiff”.
The actress was living in London when she met the singer, and Warners, she claimed, goaded her to move to Los Angeles to star in a music video that was never released and act in a movie that never materialized. “By inserting himself into Ms. Bianco’s visa process, Mr. Warner was able to control Ms. Bianco by threatening to withdraw her support if she did not comply,” the lawsuit states. He also claimed that at one point he locked her in a bedroom to prevent her from running away from her. She alleged that he also made her work for free, preparing food for her, cleaning her apartment and singing on an album, all of which violated state traffic laws. The lawsuit originally named former Warner manager Tony Ciulla as a defendant, but his name was later redacted.
Warner has denied the abuse claims over the years through his attorney, including those in the Bianco lawsuit. “These claims are likely false,” Warner’s attorney King said in 2021. “To be clear, this lawsuit was only filed after my client refused to be extorted by Ms. Bianco and her attorney and conceded to his 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.”
Bianco laid out his claims against Warner in rolling rocks article investigating the allegations against Warner. “His victims felt completely ashamed that they didn’t realize what was happening to them until it was too late,” he said. “He told everyone and no one tried to stop him.”
Several other women, including Warner’s former personal assistant Ashley Walters and model Ashley Morgan Smithline filed similar lawsuits against Warner. Each woman alleged similar patterns of abuse that included grooming and sexual and physical abuse. Walters’ lawsuit was dismissed by the statute of limitations; Smithline’s was fired when she missed a deadline. A similar lawsuit filed by an anonymous woman, identified as Jane Doe, is still standing.
Meanwhile, Warner filed a lawsuit against Wood and her friend, Illma Gore, alleging defamation, emotional distress, and “internet spoofing,” among other charges. The presentation came just before the rising of the phoenixa documentary about Wood and the abuse he says he suffered at the hands of Warner, premiered on HBO. In the document, she described how she felt Warner manipulated her and claimed that he “essentially raped” her on the set of one of her music videos.
Shortly after Wood posted her allegations on Instagram, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that it was investigating the criminal sexual assault allegations against Warner. Police turned their findings over to the Los Angeles district attorney, who has not yet commented on whether or not he will press charges against Warner.
During an appearance on the view Last spring, Wood answered a question about Warner’s lawsuit against him. “I am very confident that I have the truth on my side and that the truth will come out,” he said. “This is clearly timed before the documentary. … I’m not doing this [film] to clear my name. I do this to protect people. I’m doing this to sound the alarm that there’s a dangerous person out there and I don’t want anyone to get anywhere near them. So that people can think what they want about me. I have to let the legal process take its course and I am steady as a rock.”