Esmé Bianco, who performed Ros on Game of Thrones, tells her story about struggling abuse by the hands of Brian Warner, aka Marilyn Manson.
Early this month, Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood talked brazenly about being abused by Brian Warner, higher recognized by his stage identify Marilyn Manson. Since then, a number of different girls have come ahead to inform their tales. That contains Esmé Bianco, who Game of Thrones followers will keep in mind as Ros, a personality from the primary three seasons.
Bianco particulars a fairly horrifying story to The Cut, beginning together with her assembly Manson in 2005 by his soon-to-be-wife Dita Von Teese. He mentioned he needed to solid her in a horror film he was making, and as an enormous fan of his music, she was excited. “I thought, My teen idol wants to work with me. Don’t eff this one up.”
Things took a flip in 2009 when Manson invited her to star within the music video for his music “I Want to Kill You Like They Do in the Movies,” which was shot on a flip digital camera for a house video really feel, which means there didn’t should be a giant crew round. The shoot — for a video that apparently by no means got here out — was alarming and violent, with none of the protected phrases or discussions of consent frequent amongst BDSM practitioners — however Bianco excused it on the time by telling herself she was making artwork.
A pair years later, after Manson’s marriage to Von Teese ended, Manson requested Bianco to maneuver in with him. She had filmed the primary season of Game of Thrones right now, had been having a long-distance relationship with Manson and determined to go for it. After a quick “honeymoon” interval, issues got darkish quick. Manson dictated what she would put on, when she may come and go from the residence, and when she may sleep. (“I was often violently shaken awake should I go to sleep without permission,” she advised the California Assembly in 2018.) “I basically felt like a prisoner,” Bianco mentioned. “I came and went at his pleasure. Who I spoke to was completely controlled by him. I called my family hiding in the closet.”
Manson would play Bianco’s Game of Thrones intercourse scene in entrance of folks, humiliating her, and his private assistant Ashley Walters remembers seeing bruises on her arms and again — Bianco has even posted photographic proof of some of what her physique endured on the time. “I think I would have made excuses for him,” Bianco mentioned. “I was in survival mode at that point, and my brain had taught me to be small and agreeable.”
Bianco remembers a time Manson repeatedly minimize her torso with a knife. That was the breaking level, together with an incident the place he chased her across the residence with an ax. She moved out round two month after shifting in, leaving whereas Manson was sleeping.
For years afterward, Bianco had night time terrors and panic assaults that made it onerous to eat or sleep, not to mention to hustle in Hollywood as an actress. It took quite a bit of remedy, the Me Too motion, and seeing Wood testify earlier than Congress in 2018 about her personal experiences with Manson, the place she labeled what he did as “domestic abuse,” for Bianco to come back to phrases with what had occurred. Since then, she and Wood have teamed as much as assist move The Phoenix Act, which extends California’s statute of limitations on reporting domestic-violence offenses from three years to 5.
For Bianco, Manson went from being a “massive role model who really helped me through some incredibly dark and difficult times as a teenager” to a “monster who almost destroyed me and almost destroyed so many women.” She calls Manson a “serial predator” who has been up entrance with the world about how a lot he likes to harm girls. “He’s not a misunderstood artist. He deserves to be behind bars for the rest of his life.”
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