Marilyn Manson and actor Esmé Bianco settle sexual assault lawsuit

Marilyn Manson has reached an agreement with actor Esmé Bianco, who filed a lawsuit in April 2021 accusing the musician, whose real name is Brian Warner, of sexual assault, sexual assault and human trafficking.

“Milisecond. Bianco has agreed to settle her claims against Brian Warner and Marilyn Manson Records, Inc. to move on with her life and career,” Bianco’s attorney, Jay D. Ellwanger, said in a statement to The Times on Tuesday.

Manson’s attorney, Howard King, also confirmed the outcome of the lawsuit.

According to Rolling Stone, which broke the news of the deal on Tuesday, the terms of the deal remain unknown.

In her lawsuit, Bianco, 40, alleged that the singer, 54, raped and abused her while they were dating in 2011. She also claimed that Manson, his former manager Tony Ciulla and Ciulla’s management company violated the human trafficking laws by bringing Bianco from London to Los Angeles. Angels for roles in Manson’s movie and music video projects that never materialized, all while Warner was threatening and sexually abusing the actress.

In 2021, Manson dismissed the allegations as “horrific distortions of reality.”

Bianco was one of several women who brought serious allegations against Manson that year.

His ex-fiancée Evan Rachel Wood named Manson as her abuser in February 2021. She wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post that the singer “started grooming me as a teenager and horribly abused me for years.” He denied those claims as well.

“Obviously my art and life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrific distortions of reality,” he said in an Instagram statement shortly after Wood’s claims. “My intimate relationships have always been fully consenting with like-minded partners. Regardless of how, and why, others now choose to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”

In light of the allegations, Manson was fired from his record label and the Creative Arts Agency.

Tuesday’s settlement came weeks after a judge threw out model Ashley Morgan Smithline’s 2021 federal lawsuit against the singer. In the lawsuit, filed in June 2021, Smithline alleged that Manson sexually assaulted her multiple times in 2010.

Times data and graphics journalist Aida Ylanan and staff writer Jonah Valdez contributed to this report.

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