Actor Esme Bianco is suing Marilyn Manson and his former boss, Tony Sjola, for sexual assault, sexual beating and human trafficking, according to a complaint filed Friday in California’s Central District District Court.
Bianco, who played Ross in the HBO series Game of Thrones, alleges that the musician (real name Brian Warner) raped and mistreated her while she was dating in 2011. Bianco also alleges that Warner, Ciulla and Ciulla violated human rights. Trafficking laws by bringing Bianco from London to Los Angeles to perform roles in Warner films and music video projects that never materialized, all while Warner threatened the actress and sexually assaulted her.
Manson and Siola’s lawyers said in statements that the allegations were “substantially false” and that the case was “abusive and absurd.”
Bianco met Warner in 2005 through an introduction by Warner’s then-fiancée, Dita Von Teese, according to the lawsuit. She claims that Warner expressed interest in choosing her, then a thriving actress, for a film project that would continue to be delayed over the next few years. The lawsuit said it was alleged that Warner “made his first sexual advances” towards Bianco after his divorce in 2007.
The lawsuit said Warner brought Bianco to Los Angeles for the first time in 2009 to shoot a music video for his song “I Want To Kill You Like You Do In The Movies.” But she claimed that there was no crew on site to film the video, and “she was not provided with food during the four days … but that she was given drugs and alcohol.”
According to the lawsuit, she was also subjected to sleep deprivation, threats and physical assault from Warner. “Perhaps the scariest thing is,” the lawsuit said. Warner locked Mrs. Bianco in the bedroom, tied her to a prayer rider and hit her with a whip that Mr. Warner said the Nazis used.
The lawsuit alleges that Warner’s connections in the music and film industries, in addition to physical and psychological abuse, discouraged Bianco from speaking out against the musician.
Warner and Bianco began dating that year, during which time the musician engaged in non-sensual touching, verbal insulting, and sexual beating, the documents said. The two maintained a long-term relationship, with Warner allegedly bringing Bianco to Los Angeles for video and music projects that were never recorded.
The violations continued in 2011 when Warner promised to help Bianco obtain a visa and start her acting career in the United States, according to court documents. She moved to Los Angeles and lived with Warner, who claimed that she “threatened to interfere with the visa process” and exposed her to physical, verbal and psychological abuse. In one case, the lawsuit says, “Warner chased [Bianco] He turned the apartment with an ax, causing holes in the walls. “
The lawsuit alleges that Warner “used drugs, force, and the threat of force to coerce sex” by the actress several times, including her rape in May of that year.
The lawsuit also mentions Ciulla’s name, saying that he – along with Warner’s friends, bandmates, and other co-workers – was aware of and witnessed the alleged abuse in the document. Bianco said that during Warner’s tantrums, she called Ciulla, who stopped acting Warner after 25 years once the allegations against the musician were made public in February.
Bianco claims that Ciulla’s management company was aware of the abuse and “benefited financially from letting the abuse continue.”
“These allegations are clearly false,” Warner’s attorney, Howard E. King, said in a statement to The Times. “To be clear, this case was only filed after my clients refused to be shaken by Mrs. Bianco and her attorney and surrender to their outrageous financial demands based on behavior that never occurred. We will vigorously oppose these allegations in court and we are confident that we will prevail.”
“This attempt to engage Ciulla Management in this proceeding is not only without legal basis but is also abusive and illogical. We look forward to formally challenging these frivolous allegations,” Edwin F Macpherson, a lawyer representing Ciulla Management, told The Times.
Bianco also issued a statement after the complaint was filed.
“For too long, the person who mistreated me was left unchecked, thanks to money, fame, and industry that I turned a blind eye to,” she said. “Despite many brave women who have spoken out against Marilyn Manson, countless survivors remain silent, and some of their voices will never be heard. A little bit of justice. “
Bianco is an advocate and co-founder of the Phoenix Act, a law that gives survivors of domestic violence an exception to the statute of limitations. It demands punitive, compensatory and effective damages determined by the court, in addition to its legal fees and costs.
The lawsuit follows a string of sexual and physical assault charges against Warner, who was also the target of a criminal investigation by the Los Angeles County sheriff into allegations of domestic violence. Actress Evan Rachel Wood in February spoke out about the abuse she endured while with Warner.
The musician has since been dropped by his record company and Creative Artists Agency.