Esmé Bianco of "Game of Thrones" has accused Marilyn Manson of sexual harassment.
Esmé Bianco of "Game of Thrones" filed a lawsuit against Marilyn Manson on Friday, accusing her of sexual harassment, battery, and human trafficking.
Bianco alleges rape, sexual and physical violence in a lawsuit lodged in California that dates back to 2007.
Bianco said in a statement issued by her lawyers that she understands the legal system isn't flawless, but she filed a complaint using the resources she had to keep Manson responsible.
"My abuser has gone unchecked for far too long, aided by wealth, fame, and an industry that turned a blind eye. Despite the courageous women who have spoken out against Marilyn Manson, countless survivors remain silent, and some will never be heard "Bianco's declaration was as follows: "I'm hoping that by raising my voice, I'll be able to prevent Brian Warner from destroying even more lives and inspire other victims to pursue their own small measure of justice."
The claims, according to Manson's lawyer, are "provably false."
Manson (real name Brian Warner) began making sexual advances toward Bianco two years after she met him in 2005, according to Bianco. It became more serious in 2009, when she began dating Manson at the age of 26 after he asked her to star in his music video for "I Want to Kill You Like They Do in the Movies."
He allegedly imposed a "dress code," forcing Bianco to "sit at his feet throughout press visits" and "verbally degrading her during interviews," according to the complaint.
In 2011, Bianco claims Manson convinced her to move in with him. According to the complaint, he held the apartment at 63 degrees "in near-total darkness," played "violent and sexually explicit films," and reprimanded her if she protested.
Manson physically assaulted the actress during intercourse, cutting her "with a Nazi knife," photographing the bruises, and publishing them online without her permission, according to the actress' complaint. He allegedly threw violent tantrums, raped her, and used "drugs, force, and threats of force to coerce sexual acts" from her.
Tony Ciulla and Ciulla Management Inc., Manson's former manager and management firm, are both accused of bearing witness to the violence, facilitating it, and profiting from it, according to the complaint.
Ciulla and his company, according to Bianco, arranged for her flights and lodging and would act as her "babysitter" when Manson was not present. According to the complaint, his management firm had a "vested interest in promoting his violent tendencies in order to promote the production of his 'art' and the promotion of the Marilyn Manson brand."
In February, Bianco joined a slew of other celebrities in speaking out about Manson's alleged violence.
In an interview with New York magazine's "The Cut," Bianco characterized Manson as a "demon who almost destroyed me and almost destroyed so many women," just a week after Evan Rachel Woods said Manson "horrifically abused" her "for years."
"I felt like a hostage," Bianco, 38, said. "He invited me to come and go whenever he wanted. He had full power of who I talked with. I dialed my family's number while hiding in the closet."
The accusations have had a negative impact on Manson, 52. According to Variety, he has been dropped by his record label Loma Vista Recordings and the Creative Artists Agency. AMC Networks also told USA TODAY that a Manson-themed episode of the horror anthology "Creepshow" would not air.
In February, Manson responded to the allegations by writing on Instagram that they were "horrible distortions of reality." My romantic relationships have always been with like-minded partners and have always been fully consensual. That is the facts, regardless of how – or why – some now want to distort the past.”
Domestic abuse charges against Manson dating from 2009 to 2011 in West Hollywood were also investigated by Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives in February. The woman who filed the report was not identified.
RAINN's National Sexual Harassment Hotline will help you if you've been a victim of sexual assault (800.656.HOPE & online.rainn.org).