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Marilyn Manson Sued by 'Game of Thrones' Actress Esme Bianco For Alleged Sexual Assault, Sex Trafficking

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Game of  Thrones actress Esmé Bianco filed suit against Marilyn Manson and his former manager in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Friday (April 30). In the filing, which Billboard has obtained a copy of, Bianco alleges that the singer sexually assaulted her on several occasions, dating back to 2009.

The lawsuit against Manson (born Brian Warner) and his former manager Tony Ciulla, which was first reported by Rolling Stone, also claims that Ciulla and his management company violated human trafficking laws by flying the actress to Los Angeles with the promise of an appearance in a music video and film.

Bianco, who played Ros on the Emmy-winning  HBO drama GoT, claims in the suit that she first met Manson in 2005 through his then-fiancée, with the singer staying in touch over the next few years about a film project and other opportunities that didn't materialize. After his divorce in 2007, the suit claims that Manson began making overtures to Bianco, including asking for nude photos.

The singer allegedly flew Bianco to L.A. in early 2009 to work on his "I Want to Kill You Like They Do in the Movies" video, putting her up at his home rather than a hotel, and filming the clip on a consumer Flip camera with no professional crew present. Bianco claims in the suit she was given drugs and alcohol, but no food and told to wear lingerie as her "costume" for the shoot.

"In addition to these deprivations, Ms. Bianco was threatened and physically beaten by Mr. Warner. Mr. Warner repeatedly told Ms. Bianco that he would come to her room and rape her during the night. He threw tantrums where he would destroy camera equipment and throw objects around the room," according to the suit. "He forced Ms. Bianco to watch an extremely violent movie that caused her to faint. He attempted to force her to perform sexual acts on camera with another woman who was present throughout the shoot."

It also claims that Manson locked Bianco in a bedroom and allegedly tied her to a prayer kneeler before electrocuting her and beating her with a whip he said was used by the Nazis. "Ms. Bianco believed that if she protested any of this treatment, she would be seen as unprofessional and barred from future professional opportunities — or worse, that Mr. Warner would continue to harm her," reads the lawsuit. "Plaintiff has never seen any footage from this shoot and, upon information and belief, it has never been published."

Manson was reportedly dropped by his manager of 25 years Ciulla in February following accusations of sexual and physical abuse against the rock star by his former fiancée, actor Evan Rachel Wood, and several other women. Manson has denied the claims. "Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality," he wrote in an Instagram post at the time. "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."

According to Bianco's lawsuit, she and Manson began a sexual relationship in 2009, when Manson visited her in London and they had consensual sex. During the visit, he reportedly bit and bruised her, "publicly groped" her against her wishes, enforced a "dress code," verbally degraded the actress, "forced her to sit at his feet during press visits" and "attempted to bring a minor back to the hotel with him and Ms. Bianco."

The two reportedly then began a consensual relationship, with Manson convincing Bianco to move to Los Angeles in April 2011 before he "defrauded" her by telling that she would star in his Phantasmagoria feature film, according to the lawsuit. During the time they lived together, she endured alleged "constant abuse" from the singer, whom she claims controlled her movements, kept her awake for days, locked her out of his apartment overnight, and would not let her receive visitors or leave the flat without permission.

Bianco also claims in her lawsuit that Manson once chased her around the apartment with an axe, and that on another occasion he cut her with a Nazi knife during sex without her consent, then photographed the cuts on her body and posted them online without her permission. The suit claims Manson "raped" the actress "in or around May 2011," including times when she was "unconscious or otherwise unable to consent."

"It took Ms. Bianco years to understand the extent of Mr. Warner's physical, sexual, psychological, and emotional abuse," according to the suit. "Her career suffered due to the deterioration of her mental health caused by Mr. Warner. She deals with complex post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and panic attacks to this day as a result."

The suit also claims that Manson and Ciulla violated the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act when Warner "employed fraud" to convince her to move to the U.S. to appear in the "I Want to Kill You" video. “He promised work opportunities that never appeared while inserting himself in her visa process,” the complaint reads. “By inserting himself in Ms. Bianco’s visa process, Mr. Warner was able to control Ms. Bianco by threatening to withdraw support if she displeased him.” The trafficking claim also alleges that Manson forced her to perform "unpaid labor," which violates U.S. human trafficking laws.

Bianco -- who claims that Ciulla and Ciulla Management were aware of the alleged abuse -- is seeking unspecified damages over the claims of sexual assault, sexual battery and sex trafficking.

Billboard has reached out to Ciulla Management for comment, and made earlier attempts to reach Manson for comment through his now former management, but has not received any responses. On Saturday (May 1), the Associated Press reported that Manson denied Bianco's allegations with a statement from attorney Howard E. King: "These claims are provably false. To be clear, this suit was only filed after my client refused to be shaken down by Ms. Bianco and her lawyer and give in to their outrageous financial demands based on conduct that simply never occurred. We will vigorously contest these allegations in court and are confident that we will prevail."

Stories about sexual assault allegations can be traumatizing for survivors of sexual assault. If you or anyone you know needs support, you can reach out to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). The organization provides free, confidential support to sexual assault victims. Call RAINN's National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) or visit the anti-sexual violence organization's website for more information.