Game of Thrones actor Esme Bianco sues Marilyn Manson over abuse allegations – The Guardian

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Bianco accuses musician of sexual, physical and emotional abuse after bringing her to US under false pretences

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The Game of Thrones actor Esme Bianco is suing Marilyn Manson, alleging sexual, physical and emotional abuse.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles, Bianco says Manson violated human trafficking laws by bringing her to California from England under the false pretences of roles in music videos and movies that never materialised.

An email seeking comment from an attorney who has previously represented Manson was not immediately returned. Manson said earlier this year that all of his intimate relationships have been entirely consensual.

The lawsuit alleges that in 2009, Manson, whose legal name is Brian Warner, flew Bianco to Los Angeles to shoot a video for a song called I want to kill you like they do in the movies.

The suit says Bianco was expected to stay at Manson’s home instead of the hotel where she had been booked into, and there was no crew, only Manson himself shooting with a phone.

The suit alleges Manson deprived Bianco of food and sleep, 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 suit claims no video was ever released.

The two began a long-distance relationship later that year, the suit says.

Manson is alleged to have again brought Bianco to Los Angeles in 2011, ostensibly to appear in his feature film Phantasmagoria, though that project also never materialised.

During that visit, Manson is accused of not allowing Bianco to leave home without his permission, chasing her around their apartment with an axe, cutting her with a “Nazi knife” without her consent and photographing the cuts and posting the pictures online, also without her consent.

“It took Bianco years to understand the extent of Mr Warner’s physical, sexual, psychological, and emotional abuse. Her career suffered due to the deterioration of her mental health,” the suit says. “She deals with complex post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and panic attacks to this day as a result.”

Bianco, who played Ros in the first three seasons of Game of Thrones, first made many of the allegations in February. She was one of several women who made allegations after the actor Evan Rachel Wood said on social media that Manson had sexually, physically and emotionally abused her during their relationship.

Manson’s record label and agents dropped him at the time.

In response to the allegations in February, Manson wrote on Instagram that “these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality. My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how – and why – others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth”.

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