“Game of Thrones” actor Esmé Bianco recently came forward to accuse former boyfriend Marilyn Manson of physical abuse and human trafficking.
Speaking with The Cut, Bianco, 38, said she first met the singer, whose real name is Brian Warner, 52, in the early 2000s. She claimed Manson transformed from a “role model” who helped her get through her difficult teenage years — to a “monster who almost destroyed me” and other women.
Manson’s ex-wife Dita Von Tesse reportedly introduced Bianco to Manson in 2005. The British actor told The Cut that the abuse did not start until 2009, after Manson flew her from London to California to appear in his music video for “I Want to Kill You Like They Do in the Movies.”
“I am naming the person who abused and human trafficked me. His name is Marilyn Manson, born Brian Hugh Warner” pic.twitter.com/UdvTPig0H5
— Esmé Bianco (@esmebianco) February 11, 2021
Manson allegedly told Bianco, then 26, that his music video would involve him kidnapping her and she would have to act as if she enjoyed being “manhandled.” The actor said Manson quickly became violent, subjecting her to three days of abuse which entailed giving her cocaine instead of food, depriving her of sleep, binding her with cables to a prayer kneeler, and whipping her.
Bianco’s relationship with Manson reportedly started two years after his divorce from Von Tesse. Bianco returned to the U.S. in 2011, after Manson asked her to move in with him and star in his upcoming horror film “Phantasmagoria,” according to The Cut.
Bianco told the news outlet that she spent two months living with Manson in a “dissociative state.” She reportedly drank heavily — recalling an instance in which the singer repeatedly cut her torso with a knife.
Bianco said she feared leaving Manson because she believed he would sabotage her work visa, which was pending at the time.
“I basically felt like a prisoner,” she told The Cut. “I came and went at his pleasure. Who I spoke to was completely controlled by him. I called my family hiding in the closet.”
Bianco said she was still with Manson when the first episode of “Game of Thrones” aired. Manson repeatedly replayed a sex scene involving his actor girlfriend’s character on a projector for guests, according to the news outlet.
Bianco reportedly fled one night as Manson slept. A month later, she said, she broke up with the singer in an email.
“I had so little dignity left,” she recalled.
“I think that something inside me was just like, ‘Have some sort of respect for yourself.’”
On Thursday, Bianco took to Twitter and accused Manson of abuse and human trafficking.
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Bianco’s revelation comes days after “Westworld” actor Evan Rachel Wood, 33, and four other women reportedly claimed the singer subjected them to physical and sexual abuse.
Wood said in an Instagram post that Manson groomed her when she was a teenager and “horrifically” abused her for years. Wood and Manson were briefly engaged in 2010; Wood previously talked about being raped and abused but she had not named her abuser.
“I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission,” Wood wrote. “I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives.”
In 2018, a police report was filed against Manson in California for unspecified sex crimes dating back to 2011. The Los Angeles District Attorney ultimately dropped the case, citing the statute of limitations and a lack of evidence, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Manson subsequently denied Wood and the other four women’s allegations, saying they were “horrible distortions of reality.” He has not yet responded to Bianco’s accusations.
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