'GOT' Star Esmé Bianco Says Relationship With Marilyn Manson Left Her With PTSD
Bianco lived with Manson for just a month in 2011.
Warning: The following article contains descriptions of sexual abuse and domestic violence.
Update, February 11th, 2021: Actress Esmé Bianco, who starred in Game of Thrones, told The Cut yesterday that while she was dating Marilyn Manson he abused her. The two met through Manson's ex-wife Dita Von Teese, and when Manson and Von Teese split, Bianco remained friendly with the musician.
She described filming a music video with Manson in 2009 before they started dating, in which he allegedly tortured her, taking it farther than what she told The Cut to be what she knew of BDSM. In 2011, she moved in with Manson, wherein she claims he controlled her sleep schedule, what she wore, and when she could leave the house.
Bianco recalled a time when Manson cut her, saying, "I just remember laying there, and I didn't fight it. It was kind of this final-straw moment where I had lost all sense of hope and safety." Her actual final straw came shortly after, when Manson chased her around the house with an ax, she told The Cut. She moved out shortly after and broke up with the singer via email.
In the aftermath of the relationship, Bianco said she experienced PTSD at the hands of a "monster who almost destroyed me and almost destroyed so many women."
Update, February 8th, 2021: Evan Rachel Wood shared more terrifying and heartbreaking details about her relationship with Marilyn Manson in a collection of posts to her Instagram Stories on February 5th. The actress alleged that Manson was prejudiced against her because of her Jewish heritage, writing, "I was called a 'jew' in a derogatory manner. He would draw swastikas over my bedside table when he was mad at me. I heard the 'n' word over and over. Everyone around him was expected to laugh and join in. If you did not or (god forbid) called him out, you were singled out and abused more. I have never been more scared in my life."
Wood also shared photos of Manson's tattoos of a swastika and a Nazi-inspired skull and cross bones, adding in one Story that he didn't have those tattoos when she started dating him. Wood has not been quiet since opening up just a week ago about the abuse she endured, but as of now, Manson has still only claimed the allegations are "horrible distortions of reality," according to People.
Update, February 5th, 2021: Yesterday, musician Phoebe Bridgers shared her own experience with controversial artist Marilyn Manson. In two tweets, Bridgers alleged that he "referred to a room in his house as the 'r*pe room'" and added that she stopped being a fan after that. She said the experience came when she visited the musician's home while she was a teenager. Now 26, Bridgers is standing by others who have accused Manson of abuse.
Bridgers added a second tweet claiming that those around Manson have always been aware of his actions, writing "The label knew, management knew, the band knew. Distancing themselves now, pretending to be shocked and horrified is fucking pathetic."
Update, February 4th, 2021: Marilyn Manson's ex-wife Dita Von Teese spoke out on Evan Rachel Wood's allegations against the musician. In a February 3rd Instagram post, Von Teese shared that her own relationship with Manson—whom she married in 2005 and divorced in 2006—did "not match" Wood's allegations.
She wrote, "To those who have expressed your concerns of my well-being, I appreciate your kindness. Please know that the details made public do not match my personal experience during our 7 years together as a couple." Von Teese added that she wouldn't have married Manson if there had been any abuse and divorced him a year later because of infidelity and drug abuse. She concluded her post by adding, "This is my sole statement on this matter."
Original story, February 2nd, 2021: On Monday, February 1st, Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood released a statement on Instagram accusing Marilyn Manson (real name Brian Warner) of abusing her during their three-year relationship that spanned from 2007 to 2010.
"He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years," Wood's statement reads. "I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission...I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives."
Friends, followers, and fellow activists showed their support for Wood in the comments of her post. Selma Blair wrote, "I love you," and Rose McGowan, who was at the helm of the #MeToo movement of 2017, commented, "So much love for you." Anna Paquin added, "Your courage is inspiring," and friend Josh Gad wrote, "Love you."
Wood also shared a January 21st letter from California Senator Susan Rubio, who wrote to the Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson and FBI Director Christoper Wray on Wood's behalf. In the letter, Sen. Rubio asked that the U.S. Department of Justice "meet with the alleged victims immediately and investigate" the alleged abuse accusations.
"As a domestic violence survivor who now advocates for victims in my role of California state legislature, I share a common trauma of emotional, psychological and physical control at the hands of an abuser," Sen. Rubio penned. "One of the reasons I fought for victims in my state to have more time to seek justice and to be allowed to use evidence of psychological and abusive behavior, commonly referred to as coercive control, was because they needed additional protections to stop the abuse."
As mentioned in the above letter, there are victims—plural—accusing Manson of wrongdoing. According to BBC, four other survivors have come forward with stories of extreme physical and verbal violence, forced drug use, being held hostage in Manson's home, and sexual abuse.
One former fan who goes by SourGirrrl detailed her experiences with Manson in a January 31st post. Her story is hard to read and chronicles a whirlwind abusive relationship that left her with PTSD.
Former girlfriend Ashley Lindsay Morgan also posted her story to Instagram on January 31st. "I know he is still doing this to a rotating door of young girls, and causing irreparable damage," she wrote. "I am coming forward so he will finally stop."
In September 2020, a former guitar technician of Manson's, who worked with the artist between 2007 and 2008, claimed he witnessed Manson turning Wood into a different person. "He broke her," Dan Cleary claimed on Twitter, later writing that he saw the abuse trickle into other relationships Manson had.
"I see so many people defending him & calling his accusers liars I've just had enough," Cleary wrote in his Twitter thread. "Believe them, I saw it...There are people in his band/crew that I'm still close to. My apologies to them. But they also know I'm right."
In his own Instagram text post, Manson denied Wood's allegations, calling them "horrible distortions of reality." He wrote, "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."
In past years, Wood has talked about her experience with an abusive partner and created the Phoenix Act in 2019, signed into law by California governor Gavin Newsom, which extends the statute of limitations on domestic violence from three years to five. However, she never named her abuser, though many fans and outlets speculated she was referring to Manson.
Now that the story is fully out in the open, we can only hope his victims will receive the justice they deserve and that his reign of terror will be put to an end one way or another.