By Emma Dooney
Esmé Bianco has become the latest person to accuse Marilyn Manson of abuse during their relationship.
In a recent interview with New York Magazine, the Game of Thrones actress alleged that Manson repeatedly assaulted her during their relationship, leaving her mentally and physically traumatized. She now refers to him as a "monster who almost destroyed me and almost destroyed so many women."
Bianco, who plays Ros on the popular HBO series, met the hard rock musician in 2005 when she was 26. Having idolized him from afar as a teenager, she eventually grew personally close to Manson. In 2009, he cast Bianco in the music video for his song, "I Want to Kill You Like They Do in Movies."
It was during this time period that Bianco first experienced Manson’s alleged abusive behavior. After the heavy metal Goth reportedly told her that she would “have to pretend to like being manhandled” for the music video, Bianco began to realize his sinister intentions.
In the days following the music video, Bianco says Manson became "violent, tying her with cables to a prayer kneeler, lashing her with a whip, and using an electric sex toy called a Violet Wand on her wounds."
Manson also allegedly deprived Bianco of her basic needs while she was at his apartment, where she says he spent three days “serving up cocaine instead of food.”
She also claims that Manson further established his control in their relationship after she left, sending Bianco "a picture of her back covered in welts with a note reading, 'bringing sexy back.'"
In 2011, Bianco separated from her husband and moved to London to enter a relationship with Manson.
During this time, she said that he dictated the terms of her entire life, from what she wore to when she could sleep. She also claimed that she was never given a key to their residence and needed permission to leave. “I basically felt like a prisoner," she said.
Bianco finally made the decision to escape that summer, after Manson allegedly chased her with an axe around their apartment.
Several other survivors echo Bianco’s accusations towards Manson. After Evan Rachel Wood named Manson as her abuser earlier this month, at least seven more women have come forward with allegations of mistreatment against the disgraced singer.
In response to Wood’s statement, Manson wrote on Instagram, “Obviously, my life and my art have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality. 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."
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