Esmé Bianco Alleges Marilyn Manson Had Her Removed from Deftones Tour Visuals

"[He] flipped out and was having a complete meltdown about the fact that I was working with Deftones and… they decided to cut my footage"

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Apr 28, 2022

Games of Thrones actress Esmé Bianco has amended her complaint against ex-boyfriend Marilyn Manson (born Brian Warner) in light of the shock rocker having allegedly coerced Deftones into cutting the actor from visuals for their upcoming tour.

Bianco sued Warner for sexual assault and sex trafficking last year. In a new motion filed in the United States District Court for the Central California yesterday (April 27), she amended her complaint to include an additional allegation, accusing the musician of interfering with her involvement in a Deftones tour video that was intended to be used on the band's current US stint with Gojira.

"In exchange for providing her images," the document reads, "Ms. Bianco expected an economic benefit from significant public exposure via the band's worldwide tour and the opportunity to continue working with the highly sought-after creative director who oversaw the project."

The motion goes on to claim that Warner contacted Deftones upon finding out about Bianco's collaboration with the band, to "confront them over Deftones' decision to work with Ms. Bianco." Furthermore, the filing alleges that the accused "used his power and influence in the entertainment industry to interfere with Ms Bianco's ability to continue working with Deftones."

New comments provided to Rolling Stone saw Bianco claim that Warner freaked out after learning of her involvement in the tour visuals. "[He] flipped out and was having a complete meltdown about the fact that I was working with Deftones and… they decided to cut my footage," the actor told the publication.

She added: "By continuing to threaten my career opportunities, Warner again demonstrates that even amidst criminal investigation and civil litigation, he will stop at nothing in an attempt to silence his victims. The complicity of those who enable these intimidation tactics demonstrates why survivors are so hesitant to come forward. If those who hold power to stand up to abusers choose not to, survivors will stand alone."

Earlier this month, Warner sued Evan Rachel Wood for defamation after she first named him as her abuser last year, prompting several other women — including Bianco — to come forward with their own horrific stories of alleged physical and psychological abuse at the hands of the musician. Wood responded to the defamation lawsuit, saying she "wasn't scared" of the filing: "I have the truth on my side and that the truth will come out."

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