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Esmé Bianco alleges Marilyn Manson blocked collaboration with Deftones in amended lawsuit

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Esmé Bianco has filed an amended complaint in her ongoing lawsuit against Brian Warner, aka Marilyn Manson, alleging that he put a stop to a planned collaboration she had with Deftones.

In the document, which was obtained by Rolling Stone, Bianco’s lawyers write that she took part in a video shoot for Deftones to provide images of herself that would be used in the production for the band’s ongoing international tour. She posted about the collaboration in her Instagram Story on April 12 with the “approval from the creative director.”

However, Bianco alleges that when Warner found out about her working with Deftones, he “proceeded to contact the band and confront them over Deftones’ decision to work with Ms. Bianco.”

“Defendant Warner used his power and influence in the entertainment industry to interfere with Ms. Bianco’s ability to continue working with the Deftones,” the complained reads. “Defendant Warner’s actions were intended to cause the contract with Ms. Bianco to be breached by the Deftones when they refused to utilize her images.”

Bianco says she was then informed that Deftones decided not to use her images for the tour “due to Mr. Warner’s inference,” resulting in “loss of the opportunity to work with a the highly regarded creative director” and “loss of exposure from her images being used during the Deftones’ world tour.”

In a statement to Rolling Stone, Bianco says, “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.”

A rep for Deftones declined to comment to Rolling Stone. Warner’s rep also did not respond.

As previously reported, Bianco — an actor know for her work on Game of Thrones — is suing Warner for sexual assault. Warner has denied the allegations.

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