Actress Esme Bianco and Marilyn Manson have reached an out-of-court settlement for a sexual assault lawsuit she filed against him and his business, Marilyn Manson Records, Inc., in 2021. The actress, who appear on it Game of Thrones, alleging that the singer, whose real name is Brian Warner, had raped and sexually assaulted her; she also said he violated California’s human trafficking laws. The terms of the agreement are not known.
“Ms. Bianco has settled her claims against Brian Warner and Marilyn Manson Records, Inc. resolve to move forward with her life and career,” her attorney, Jay Ellwanger, says Rolling Stone.
“Ms. Bianco has settled her claims against Brian Warner and Marilyn Manson Records, Inc. to settle,” Warner’s attorney Howard King told Warner’s attorney. Rolling Stone.
Bianco was one of more than a dozen women who came forward with allegations of sexual abuse against Warner after actress Evan Rachel Wood claimed on Instagram that Warner abused her in February 2021. Bianco – her co -created, with Wood, the Phoenix Act , which expands the rights of survivors of domestic violence – the first woman to file a lawsuit against it. “Mr. Warner used drugs, force, and threats of force to coerce sexual acts from Ms. Bianco on multiple occasions,” the filing said. “Mr. Warner raped Ms. Bianco in or about May 2011.
The complaint also alleged that Warner sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious and unable to consent. He also detailed more ways in which he allegedly abused her: “These acts include spanking, biting, cutting and whipping buttocks, breasts and Ms. Bianco’s genitals for Mr. Warner’s sexual pleasure – all without the Plaintiff’s consent.
The actress had been living in London when she met the singer, and Warner, she said, persuaded her to move to Los Angeles to star in a music video that never materialised. out ever and be involved in a film that never came to fruition. “By inserting himself into Ms. Bianco’s visa process, Mr. Warner was able to control Ms. Bianco by threatening to withdraw support if she became unhappy with him,” the insider said. law. She also said she locked him in a bedroom at one point so he wouldn’t escape. She said he also did her work for free, feeding him, cleaning his apartment , and singing on a record — all of which violated state human trafficking laws. The suit originally named Warner’s former manager, Tony Ciulla, as a defendant, but his name was later removed.
Warner has denied allegations of abuse over the years through his lawyer, including those in Bianco’s lawsuit. “These claims may be false,” Warner’s attorney, King, said in 2021. “To be clear, this suit was only filed after my client refused to be shaken by Ms. Bianco and her attorney and giving in to their outrageous financial demands. based on conduct that never happened. We will vigorously contest these allegations in court and we are sure may we prevail.”
Bianco detailed her claims against Warner in Rolling Stone article investigating the allegations against Warner. “His victims felt 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 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. All the women alleged similar patterns of abuse which included grooming, and sexual and physical abuse. Walters’ suit was dismissed as to 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 pending.
Meanwhile, Warner has filed a lawsuit against Wood and her friend, Illma Gore, alleging defamation, emotional distress, and “internet impersonation,” among other charges. The filing arrived just before this Phoenix risinga a documentary about Wood and the abuse she says she suffered at the hands of Warner, which premiered on HBO. In the doc, she described how she felt Warner treated her and said he “pretty much 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 that they were investigating criminal sexual assault claims against Warner. Police turned their findings over to the Los Angeles DA, who has not yet commented on whether to pursue charges against Warner.
At the time of viewing it The View last spring, Wood questioned Warner’s lawsuit against her. “I’m very confident that I have the truth on my side and the truth will come out,” she said. “This is clearly in time for the documentary. … I’m not doing this [film] to clear my name. I am doing this to protect people. I am doing this to sound the alarm that there is a dangerous person out there and I don’t want anyone to get close to him. So people can think whatever they want about me. I have to let the legal process run its course, and I’m steady as a rock.”