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Marilyn Manson moves to dismiss Esmé Bianco sexual assault lawsuit

By | Published on Thursday 29 July 2021

Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson has requested to have the lawsuit that has been filed against him by ‘Game Of Thrones’ actor Esmé Bianco dismissed. In new legal papers he also claims that the numerous sexual assault allegations made against him by various women – several of whom have also launched lawsuits – are part of a “coordinated attack”.

Bianco was the first of four women to file a lawsuit, after another of Manson’s former girlfriends, actor Evan Rachel Wood, went public with abuse allegations against the musician. Bianco says in her lawsuit that she “felt like a prisoner” during her relationship with Manson, accusing him of using “drugs, force, and threats of force to coerce sexual acts”.

According to TMZ, the central argument of Manson’s move to have the case dismissed is that, with the alleged incidents happening more than a decade ago, the statute of limitations on Bianco’s claims has expired.

However, his filing also claims that Bianco “spent months plotting, workshopping, and fine-tuning” her story into “twisted tales that bear no resemblance to reality”. She and the other accusers, it is claimed in the new legal papers, are attempting to make people believe that the shock rock character Manson plays on stage is actually who he really is in his private life.

Earlier this month, Manson handed himself in to police in relation to assault charges stemming from allegations he spat on a videographer during a live show in 2019.

The musician denies all the allegations of assault and sexual abuse that have been made against him.