Marilyn Manson has reached a settlement with Game of Thrones actress Esme Bianco, who accused the singer of sexual assault, abuse and human dealings.
Bianco, 40, alleged that Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, had raped and abused her while they were dating in 2011, and had kept her locked in a bedroom in his West Hollywood apartment to keep her from fleeing.
She also claimed Manson took control of her life, not letting her eat or sleep without his permission, but Manson denied the allegations, calling them ‘twisted tales that bear no resemblance to reality.’
On Tuesday, the two reached an out-of-court settlement, with the terms and payout still unclear, Rolling Stone reports.
‘Ms. Bianco has agreed to resolve her claims against Brian Warner and Marilyn Manson Records, Inc. In order to move on with her life and career,’ her lawyer, Jay Ellwanger, said in a statement.
Marilyn Manson (left) has reached a settlement with ex-girlfriend Esme Bianco, of Game of Thrones fame, who filed abuse and human dealing allegations against the singer.
Bianco claims Manson tricked her into leaving London for Los Angeles with the promise to work on projects, but was instead locked in his house where he had control over her. Manson (pictured with Bianco in London) denied the allegations
Manson’s attorney, Howard King, also confirmed the out-of-court settlement, but did not specify additional details.
In her lawsuit filed in April 2021, Bianco alleged that Manson frequently abused her verbally, deprived her of sleep and food, bit, cut and electrocuted her without her consent; and raped her during their two years together.
The suit states that Manson approached her while she was in London and used ‘fraudulent offers of movie and music video roles’ to convince Ms. Bianco to travel to Los Angeles, whereupon Mr. Warner then made threats of force and performed violent sexual acts on Ms. Bianco to which she did not consent.’
She also alleged that Manson made her work for free, cooked for him, and cleaned his apartment.
Manson denied the allegations, with his attorney claiming Bianco approached the singer for money first before filing the lawsuit.
To be clear, this suit was only filed after my client refused to be shaken down by Ms. Bianco and her lawyer and gave in to their outrageous financial demands based on conduct that simply never occurred,” King said.
Bianco is notably one of 15 women alleged to have been abused by Manson, including his former fiancée, Evan Rachel Wood. She accused the singer of grooming her since she was a teenager and abusing her for years.
Following Wood’s allegations, Manson wrote on Instagram: ‘Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but 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.’
West World star Evan Rachel Wood (pictured) accused Manson of grooming her since she was a teenager and abusing her for years
Wood (left) had an on and off relationship with Manson (right) for close to four and a half years
Manson has since filed a defamation lawsuit against Wood and her friend, Illma Gore, over what he calls ‘malicious’ and ‘false’ sexual abuse allegations which ‘derailed his successful music, TV and film career.’
Following the slew of allegations against him, Manson was dropped by his record label and from the Creative Arts Agency.
Both women have denied the allegations, with Gore defending Wood as the West World actress spoke out about her alleged abuse under Manson in the HBO documentary, Phoenix Rising.
The two-part series that premiered last March on HBO details Wood’s claims of Manson’s abuse and lobbies for the passage of the Phoenix Act, which would extend the statute of limitations for domestic violence cases in California.
But while he’s embroiled in litigation with Wood and Gore, Manson did see a legal victory last week after a judge tossed out a lawsuit by ex-girlfriend Ashley Morgan Smithline, who also accused the singer of abuse.
Smithline’s claims included that she was sexually assaulted by Manson several times, that he cut her with a swastika-emblazoned knife despite her being of Jewish descent, shoved his fist in her mouth during sex, forced her to do a blood pact, and was locked into a soundproof room called ‘the bad girls room’ whenever she made him angry.
A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit against Marilyn Manson alleging that he sexually, psychologically and physically abused his ex-girlfriend Ashley Morgan Smithline (pictured)
Smithline allegedly sent Jay Ellwanger a series of bizarre text messages in which she expressed she no longer wanted him to be her attorney.
A judge dismissed her case without prejudice on Tuesday after she failed to provide proper legal representation within the allotted time frame.
She was previously being represented by Jay Ellwanger but the attorney with drew his representation after Smithline allegedly sent him a series of bizarre text messages in which she expressed she no longer wanted him to be her attorney.
King, in an exclusive statement to MailOnline, said: ‘We thank and commend Ashley Smithline for dismissing her claims against Brian Warner without seeking or receiving anything in return.
‘We wish her well and will continue to work to assure that a significant price will be paid by those who have tried to abuse our legal system.’