Manson Comments On Alleged Assault

One week after "Spin" magazine editor Craig Marks says he was threatened by Marilyn Manson and assaulted by his bodyguards, the rocker is addressing the incident.

As we reported on Monday morning, the executive editor alleges that representatives for Manson invited him to meet the singer backstage after Manson's set at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on Monday, November 23. Marks claims that Manson then threatened to kill him, his family, and everyone he knows, and observed as two of his bodyguards grabbed him by the throat and chest and threw him against the wall. Marks also claims that the bodyguards said, "Remember, when you're dealing with Manson, you're also talking to us," and that Manson added, "That's what you get when you disrespect me. All I'm asking for is respect." (See "Did Manson 'Spin' Out of Control?")

Manson, of course, sees the incident differently. He released a statement through his management firm that

simply reads, "I had a conversation with Craig Marks expressing I was tired of 'Spin's' immature business behavior and the series of deals they had broken with me. I told him that I didn't care what he prints or whether or not I'm on the cover. I simply no longer wanted to work with him or his magazine that obviously has a lack of respect for musicians and their fans."

Manson may soon have to tell that to the court, as Marks says that he is considering filing a civil suit. A spokesperson for the New York Police says that they are currently investigating the incident.

In an interesting stroke of timing, Manson's current run of bad boy behavior is erupting as his "Mechanical Animals" sits at number 77 on the "Billboard" album chart, and just days before this Friday's proposed release of the second video and single from the album, "I Don't Like The Drugs (But The Drugs Like Me)." When asked whether the incident may have been part of a publicity scheme, Marks acknowledged

that is, "feasible."