Actress Esmé Bianco and Marilyn Manson have reached an out-of-court settlement of the sexual assault lawsuit she filed against him and his company, Marilyn Manson Records, Inc., in 2021. The actress, who appeared on Game of Thrones, alleged that the singer, whose real name is Brian Warner, had raped and sexually assaulted her; she also claimed he had violated California’s human trafficking laws. The terms of the agreement are unknown.
“Ms. Bianco has agreed to settle her claims against Brian Warner and Marilyn Manson Records, Inc. in order to move forward with her life and career,” said her attorney, Jay Ellwanger. Rolling stones.
“Ms. Bianco has agreed to settle her claims against Brian Warner and Marilyn Manson Records, Inc.,” Warner’s attorney, Howard King, said in a statement. Rolling stones.
Bianco was one of more than a dozen women who came forward with sexual abuse allegations against Warner after actress Evan Rachel Wood claimed on Instagram that Warner had abused her in February 2021. Bianco — who, along with Wood, was to create the Phoenix Act, which expands the rights of domestic violence survivors—was the first woman to file a lawsuit against him. “Mr. Warner used drugs, force and threats of force to coerce Ms. Bianco into sexual acts on multiple occasions,” the suit states. Warner raped Ms Bianco in or around May 2011.”
The complaint also alleged that Warner sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious and unable to consent. It also described several ways in which he allegedly abused her: “These acts include beating, biting, cutting and whipping Ms. Bianco’s buttocks, breasts and genitals for the sexual gratification of Mr. Warner – all without the consent of Plaintiff.”
The actress had been living in London when she met the singer, and Warner, she claimed, lured her to move to Los Angeles to star in a music video that never came out and to appear 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 support if she displeased him,” the suit states. She also claimed that at one point he locked her in a bedroom to prevent her from escaping. She alleged he also made her work for free, cooking for him, cleaning his apartment and singing on an album — all in violation of state human trafficking laws. The suit initially named Warners’ manager, Tony Ciulla, as a defendant, but his name was later removed.
Warner has denied allegations of abuse over the years through his attorney, including those in Bianco’s lawsuit. “These allegations are demonstrably false,” Warner’s attorney, King, said in 2021. “To be clear, this suit was only filed after my client refused to be swayed by Ms. Bianco and her attorney and give in to their outrageous financial claims. based on conduct that simply never occurred. We will vigorously contest these allegations in court and are confident we will prevail.”
Bianco outlined his claims against Warner in Rolling Stone’s article examining the allegations against Warner. “His victims felt completely ashamed that they still didn’t realize what was happening to them until it was far too late,” she said. “He told the whole world 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’ case was dismissed beyond 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, still stands.
Meanwhile, Warner has filed a lawsuit against Wood and her friend, Illma Gore, alleging defamation, emotional distress and “internet impersonation,” among other charges. The archive arrived just before Phoenix Risinga Documentary about Wood and the abuse she claims to have suffered at the hands of Warner premiered on HBO. In the doc, she described how she felt Warner manipulated her and claimed he “essentially raped” her on the set of one of his music videos.
Shortly after Wood posted her allegations on Instagram, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed it was investigating allegations of criminal sexual assault against Warner. Police turned their findings over to the Los Angeles DA, which has yet to comment on whether or not it will pursue charges against Warner.
During a performance at The view last spring, Wood asked a question about Warner’s lawsuit against her. “I am very confident that I have the truth on my side and that the truth will come out,” she said. “This is clearly timed before the documentary. … I’m not doing this (film) to clear my name. I’m doing this to protect people. I’m doing this to raise the alarm that there’s a dangerous person out there, and I doesn’t want anyone to come near him. So people can think what they want about me. I have to let the legal process take its course and I’m stonewalled.”