Did Manson “Spin” Out Of Control?

Marilyn Manson is being accused of assaulting Spin Magazine editor Craig Marks and threatening the editor’s family because Manson didn’t get his picture on the magazine’s full cover, according to a report in the New York Post.

A statement made by Manson on his official website seems to confirm Manson’s displeasure with the publication but it throws no light on the alleged assault. Whether the altercation was a publicity stunt or not from the press-savvy Manson remains to be seen.

Marks, the magazine’s Executive Editor, told the Post that he had been invited backstage at Manson’s New York show by Manson’s publicist, and had been accompanied to the dressing room by Manson manager Tony Ciulla, and Nothing Records head John Malm. Marks says he was warned at that time that Manson was unhappy with Spin. The magazine had initially scheduled just the Manson band for their January cover, but instead decided to go with multiple artists including Manson. Marks told the Post that the
downsizing decision was made because the Manson record wasn’t “performing.”

Marks says when they met in the dressing room, Manson shook his hand, stepped away from him and yelled for everybody in the room to be quiet. Manson then reportedly told Marks: ‘I can kill you! I can kill your family! I can kill everyone you know.’” Marks says he was then charged by the two bodyguards who held him against the wall with his feet off the ground with, one holding him by the neck, the other by the chest. Marks was warned to “respect” Manson. The editor was described by the Post as “bruised and battered.”

A statement from Manson on his official website 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 weather 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.”

Just two days prior to the Spin incident, Manson happily apologized and offered to make financial restitution for damaging a dressing room and several hotel rooms during his stay in Poughkeepsie, New York. (see “Marilyn Manson Wrecks Backstage Area, Hotel Rooms In Rock & Roll Melee” ).