Esme Bianco + Marilyn Manson reach settlement in sexual assault lawsuit

Almost two years after the actress Esmè Bianco first went public with accusations physical and sexual abuse by musicians Marilyn Manson (real name Brian Warner) and later followed it up with a lawsuit, the two parties reached an out-of-court settlement.

Content Warning: This article discusses details of domestic violence, abuse, and sexual assault.

In late April 2021, Bianco (perhaps best known for his role as Ros in the hit TV series Game of Thrones) sued Manson, alleging rape and other instances of sexual violence. She is one of several women who have come forward with similar accusations against the musician over the past two years, including actress Evan Rachel Woodwas the first to go public with such claims.

Most recently, before Bianco and Manson reached a settlement, a California judge dismissed model Ashley Morgan Smithline’s lawsuit against Manson over allegations of sexual assault, human trafficking and wrongful imprisonment after the plaintiff failed to hire a new lawyer within the 90-day period set by the court.

Now lawyers for both Bianco and Manson have confirmed with Rolling stones that a mutual agreement has been entered into.

“Ms. Bianco has agreed to settle her claims against Brian Warner and Marilyn Manson Records, Inc. in order to move forward with her life and career,” said Jay Ellwanger, Bianco’s attorney.

Howard King, who represents Manson, states, “Ms. Bianco has agreed to settle her claims against Brian Warner and Marilyn Manson Records, Inc.”

This news comes about a year and a half after Manson originally sought dismissal of Bianco’s case. Last March, Manson’s team also filed one countersuit against actress Wood and her partner, Illma Gore, for fraud, conspiracy and defamation.

See a timeline of the abuse allegations against Manson as well as his team’s responses (statements, rebuttals) below.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, there are resources available to help. Visit RAIN website (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) or call 800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673).

Timeline of abuse allegations against Marilyn Manson

After actress Evan Rachel Wood first publicly accused Marilyn Manson of abuse in February 2021, similar allegations from others against the musician also surfaced. Below is a timeline of those allegations, beginning with Wood’s 2018 testimony that revealed her alleged abuse but had yet to name an abuser. Manson denied all the charges. Several prosecutors subsequently sued him; he sued Wood for fraud and conspiracy in March 2022.

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