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What's in Marilyn's mansion?

Stored under In the News on August 9, 2007 at 9:19 AM
Kim Dawson brings our attention to a story which deserves greater exposure than she is able to give it (pressures of space, time, need to give several hundred words to a story about how Kate Nash is to work with Gonzalez, a producer that only Canadian beatniks have heard of - yeah, that means you Feist): a story which features Marilyn Manson. And Eva Braun's handbag. And the skeleton of a four-year-old Chinese girl.

Here's how Kim reports the story on her estimable Playlist page: "Marilyn Manson is being sued by ex-keyboard player Stephen Bier who claims cash he is owed was spent on buying a handbag belonging to Hitler's wife Eva Braun."

It's only when you head to MTV, however, that the full freakish detail of this story begins to emerge.

They report: "In a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed Thursday afternoon (August 2) in Los Angeles Superior Court, former Marilyn Manson keyboardist Stephen Gregory Bier Jr. - known to fans by his stage name, Madonna Wayne Gacy - claims the shock rocker has been using the band's money to fund his lavish lifestyle, drug habit and the production of his upcoming film, "Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll," among other things. The suit further alleges Manson took assets belonging to the rest of the band (money generated through touring, and album and merchandise sales) to purchase Nazi paraphernalia, African masks made of human skin and the full skeleton of a 4-year-old Chinese girl, all of which he has on display in his mansion at Chatsworth, California mansion."

Manson made his response to the suit via MTV. "The fact that he's claiming that I've treated him unfairly, financially, is really ridiculous," the singer said. "And I would never spend my money on a Chinese girl skeleton. That would be crossing the line. It's a Chinese boy, for the record,"

And you thought Manson's spooky persona was just for show! The case, as they say, is ongoing.

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