- “Game of Thrones” actress Esmé Bianco’s sexual assault lawsuit against Marilyn Manson was dismissed on Wednesday.
- Bianco filed the lawsuit alleging sexual assault and battery in April 2021.
- Lawyers for the parties said they met on January 17 and had entered into a settlement agreement.
“Game of Thrones” actress Esmé Bianco and shock rock artist Marilyn Manson have settled a sexual assault lawsuit filed against Manson in 2021 and amended several times.
Bianco sued Manson in April 2021, claiming he “committed sexual acts” with her without her consent and subjected her to forced drug use. Her lawsuit was amended in May 2022 to include an allegation of tortious interference, specifically that Manson had pulled her business ventures.
In a Tuesday court filing reviewed by Insider, lawyers for the parties said they met on January 17 and reached a settlement agreement. According to a judge’s ruling on Wednesday, the case has now been dismissed.
“As a result of the private mediation, the parties have reached an agreement in principle to resolve the above litigation,” Manson’s attorney Howard King wrote in the filing. “The parties are in the process of finalizing the paperwork documenting their agreement and expect a termination notice to be sent within 45 days.”
Bianco, who played the character Ros on “Game of Thrones,” had filed the civil suit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and did not specify the damages sought for the sexual assault and battery allegations.
“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,” Jay Ellwanger, Bianco’s attorney, told Insider. An attorney for Manson reiterated to Insider that Bianco agreed to settle the claims.
Her original lawsuit also included an allegation that Manson violated the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, which was later dropped in an amended complaint. Manson’s lawyers previously tried and failed to ask a judge to dismiss the proceedings.
Since 2021, Manson has faced numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, with actress Evan Rachel Wood becoming the first person to publicly accuse him of abuse.
Bianco later sued Manson, and two other women who sued Manson on similar grounds have had their lawsuits dismissed in 2022 and early 2023. Manson sued Evan Rachel Wood for defamation in March 2022 related to her allegations of sexual assault against him.
Bianco and Manson dated in 2011, and the actress first spoke publicly about the allegations in a New York Magazine interview in February 2021. Manson denied the women’s claims, calling them “terrible distortions of reality” the same month others spoke out. out too.
Throughout the cases, Manson’s lawyer had insinuated that the women were working together to coordinate the demands.
In a filing related to Bianco’s case, King argued that the lawsuits were “a key component of a coordinated attack by multiple plaintiffs, cynically and dishonestly seeking to cash in on and exploit the #MeToo movement.”