As the allegations against Brian Warner, better known as Marilyn Manson mount, Billboard reports attorneys for the shock rocker have filed a new motion to dismiss the claims leveled against him in a lawsuit filed by his former girlfriend, actress Esmé Bianco who played Ros in Game of Thrones. Bianco filed a suit against Manson on April 30th of this year, alleging rape, abuse, and human trafficking at his hands several years ago.
The motion filed by Warner’s legal team claims that Bianco and several other women who have filed similar lawsuits are “cynically and dishonestly seeking to monetize and exploit the #MeToo movement.” It further claims that Bianco and several other women “spent months plotting, workshopping, and fine-tuning” her claims into “twisted tales that bear no resemblance to reality.”
Bianco and three other women have filed suit against Marilyn Manson this year, all with similar claims. The others include ex personal assistant Ashley Walters, former girlfriend, model Ashley Morgan Smithline and a woman who remains unidentified.
The motion goes on to describe his accusers as “co-conspirators,” who are “desperately trying to conflate the imagery and artistry of [Brian] Warner’s ‘shock rock’ stage persona, ‘Marilyn Manson,’ with fabricated accounts of abuse.”
Over sixteen women have leveled disturbing allegations against Manson this year.
Meanwhile in a statement, Warner (Manson) asserts, “These Recent Claims About Me Are Horrible Distortions Of Reality.”
We shall see.