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game of Thrones Actress Esmé Bianco and singer Marilyn Manson (real name Brian Warner) have reached a settlement in the sexual assault lawsuit Bianco filed against Warner and his business, Marilyn Manson Records, Inc., in 2021, according to Rolling Stone. Speaking to Rolling StoneLawyers for both sides said Bianco “agreed to settle her claims against Brian Warner and Marilyn Manson Records, Inc.”, with Bianco’s attorney Jay Ellwanger adding “to move on with her life and career.”
The lawsuit alleged that in 2009 Warner made “fraudulent offers for movie roles and music videos to convince Ms. Bianco to travel to Los Angeles, after which Mr. Warner then threatened to use force and performed acts violent sexual acts against Ms. Bianco to which she did not consent,” according to the New York Times. He also originally named Manson’s manager, Tony Ciulla, though his name was later redacted from the lawsuit, according to RS. Bianco claimed that Warner then convinced her, in 2011, to move to Los Angeles while he helped her “obtain a visa and launch her career in the United States.” They then entered into a consensual relationship, during which she endured “consistent abuse,” including rape, “on or about May 2011.” “By inserting himself into Ms. Bianco’s visa process, Mr. Warner was able to control Ms. Bianco by threatening to withdraw her support if she did not comply,” the lawsuit alleges.
Bianco’s lawsuit is one of many allegations brought against Warner in recent years. Notably, actress Evan Rachel Wood named Warner as her 2021 abuser on Instagram in a now-deleted post. “He started grooming me as a teenager and horribly abused me for years,” she wrote. “I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander or blackmail. I am here to expose this dangerous man and denounce the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins more lives. I stand with the many victims who will no longer remain silent.” Wood then detailed the abuse she allegedly suffered while she was in a relationship with Manson in a two-part documentary, the rising of the phoenix. Manson has denied Wood’s allegations against him. More than a dozen women have filed claims, and several have filed lawsuits. A lawsuit by former Warner personal assistant Ashley Walters and a lawsuit by Ashley Morgan Smithline, Walters’s due to the statute of limitations and Smithline’s after she missed a deadline, have since been dismissed. According to RSa lawsuit filed by Jane Doe still stands.