As previously reported, Esmé Bianco is currently suing Marilyn Manson, aka Brian Warner, after accusing the singer of sexual assault and human trafficking. Now, according to Rolling Stone, the actress has leveled more allegations against him, saying that he pressured Deftones into removing footage of her from their current tour.
Bianco’s lawyers said the following about Deftones scrapping the footage in a recent legal filing:
“In exchange for providing her images, Ms. Bianco expected an economic benefit from significant public exposure via the band’s worldwide tour and the opportunity to continue working with the highly sought-after creative director who oversaw the project.”
Bianco also commented:
“[Manson] flipped out and was having a complete meltdown about the fact that I was working with Deftones and … they decided to cut my footage.”
The document went on to say that Manson “used his power and influence in the entertainment industry to interfere with Ms. Bianco’s ability to continue working with Deftones.”
“By continuing to threaten my career opportunities, Warner again demonstrates that even amidst criminal investigation and civil litigation he will stop at nothing in an attempt to silence his victims. The complicity of those who enable these intimidation tactics demonstrates why survivors are so hesitant to come forward. If those who hold power to stand up to abusers choose not to, survivors will stand alone.”
As previously reported, Manson is currently facing abuse allegations from at least 16 women. Those accusations were initially spurred by actress Evan Rachel Wood, who said that the musician “horrifically abused [her] for years.” Since then many more women have come forward with allegations against the singer, including Bianco, actress Bianca Allaine, who described him as the “most terrifying person [she has] ever met in [her] life,” actress/model Ashley Morgan Smithline, who filed a lawsuit after being sexually assaulted and abused multiple times, his former assistant Ashley Walters, who filed a lawsuit against him for sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, etc., and another woman, identified as “Jane Doe,” who filed a lawsuit after accusing him of rape and death threats.
For his part, Manson has continued to deny the allegations and has even filed a defamation suit against Wood and her significant other Illma Gore. However, Wood has since commented on the lawsuit, saying that she is confident that she has the truth on her side.