Actress Esmé Bianco (“Game Of Thrones”) has officially named Marilyn Manson as her abuser. During a new interview with The Cut, Bianco described the singer as a “monster who almost destroyed [her] and almost destroyed so many women.” This news comes after actress Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”) and several others recently came forward with similar abuse allegations against Manson.
Bianco says she was a huge Marilyn Manson fan when she was a teenager and that she finally got to meet him in 2005 after his ex-wife Dita Von Teese told her that the shock rocker wanted to cast her in a horror film called “Phantasmagoria.” Then, after Manson and Von Teese broke up in 2007, he kept in touch with Bianco. The actress says their relationship was platonic, but he would send her emails saying things like “I could always be cheered up with previously-forbidden nude photos.” The following was also added in the article from The Cut:
“Their dynamic changed in 2009, after Manson sent Bianco a plane ticket from her home in London to L.A. so she could star in the music video for his song “I Want to Kill You Like They Do in the Movies.” He explained that it would be shot on a flip camera for a home-video feel and would involve Manson “kidnapping” Bianco in his home. “I need to have a victim/lover,” he wrote in an email. Bianco believed that the job would be strictly professional. ‘You are gonna have to pretend to like being manhandled by me. Sorry,’ Manson emailed her a few days before the shoot. Once she arrived, she says, the line between art and reality immediately blurred. Bianco, who was 26 at the time, says she spent the next three days in lingerie, barely sleeping or eating, with Manson serving up cocaine rather than food. She remembers him losing his temper and throwing the camera at a smoke alarm. Soon, she says, he became violent, tying her with cables to a prayer kneeler, lashing her with a whip, and using an electric sex toy called a Violet Wand on her wounds — the same kind of ‘torture device’ Wood has said was used on her. Bianco was terrified but tried to calm down by telling herself, It’s just Manson being theatrical. ‘We are going to make great art.’
While waiting for her flight back home, Bianco sobbed. She felt sad to leave Manson and considered her wounds to be proof of their bond. On some level, she knew what had happened wasn’t BDSM; she says they hadn’t discussed consent or safe words, which she knew from both personal experience and the fetish performers in her circle were crucial for safe power dynamics. A few days after the shoot, Manson emailed Bianco a picture of her back covered in welts with a note reading, ‘bringing sexy back.'”
After that, Bianco started having an affair with Manson:
“Manson would visit her on his trips to London and arrange for her to travel and stay at hotels in L.A. (“Get your lingerie and heels ready,” he wrote in one email.) When they would meet, Bianco says, Manson would bite her during sex without her consent, leaving her whole body bruised. She says the singer called it kinky, and she wanted to believe everything was normal.”
Manson’s assistant, Ashley Walters, who also accused the musician of abuse, was said to have managed travel for Bianco during this time. After having this long-distance affair, Manson convinced Bianco to stay with him, so she divorced her husband in London and moved to Los Angeles in 2011. The two had a short honeymoon period, until Manson started getting more controlling:
“He dictated what she could wear (she says he preferred her in a short pencil dress with stockings), her sleep schedule (‘I was often violently shaken awake should I go to sleep without permission,’ she told the California Assembly), and when she could come and go from the apartment (she says she didn’t have a key). One night in May, Manson sent Walters a text saying someone had broken a glass in the studio and that ‘Esme is gonna get the brunt of this. Don’t care.’
‘I basically felt like a prisoner,’ says Bianco. ‘I came and went at his pleasure. Who I spoke to was completely controlled by him. I called my family hiding in the closet.’
She went on to say that after the “Game Of Thrones” pilot aired, Manson continuously played her sex scene on a projector for guests and made her feel humiliated. She also said that there was even one time when he repeatedly cut her torso with a knife and sent a photo of her cuts to Walters and a bandmate along with the words: “See what happens?” Bianco eventually moved out in June 2011 after Manson chased her with an ax the month prior. She then broke up with him via email a month later. You can read more about all that over at The Cut.
Bianco has also since issued a statement on Instagram:
“I am naming the person who abused and human trafficked me. His name is Marilyn Manson, born Brian Hugh Warner. I am coming forward after years of living with the unthinkable trauma I endured at the hands of the serial predator known to many as Marilyn Manson. I am speaking up now, in my own way, and sharing this story with others because he must be held accountable. No one should ever go through what I – and so many other survivors – have experienced. It’s important that we all understand that people can be abused and trafficked by intimate partners, boyfriends, and husbands. We must address the misconceptions around human trafficking because it can happen to anyone like it happened to me.”
This news comes after Evan Rachel Wood recently started sharing more disturbing details regarding her relationship with Manson, including his alleged use of anti-Semitic and racial slurs. She has also since accused Manson’s wife Lindsay Usich and Leslee Lane of threatening to release underage photos of her to destroy her career.
Since Wood made her initial statement, Manson has been dropped by his manager Tony Ciulla, his label Loma Vista Recordings, his talent agency CAA, and a couple of TV shows. On top of that, California State Senator Susan Rubio has also called for an investigation into the musician.
Two of his exes, Rose McGowan and Dita Von Teese, have both commented as well. Von Teese’s statement was the most recent and she said that the “details made public do not match [her] personal experience” with the singer, while also adding that “abuse of any kind has no place in any relationship.”
A number of other musicians have also issued statements including Ellie Roswell (Wolf Alice), who said she once caught Manson “filming up [her] skirt with a GoPro,” Phoebe Bridgers, who said Manson previously “referred to a room in his house as the ‘r*pe room’,” Otep, who said Usich would call her house “hysterical because he was on another drug binge, threatening her life,” Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), who said that he has “been vocal over the years about [his] dislike of Manson as a person,” and Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit), who said that “every single thing that people have said about him is fucking true.” Actor Corey Feldman also claimed that Manson put “spies” into his life as part of a “decades long mental and emotional abuse” campaign.
For his part, Manson claimed that the accusations “are horrible distortions of reality.”