SpinEditor Claims Marilyn Manson Guard Attacked Him

Craig Marks says shock rocker's security assaulted him after he was invited backstage at New York City gig.

The executive editor of Spin magazine claims he was assaulted backstage by bodyguards for shock-rocker Marilyn Manson after the ghoulish artist threatened him at a show at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on Monday night, according to police.

The popular music magazine's top editor, Craig Marks, 37, said the alleged assault and threats came after he was invited backstage to talk to Manson after the show.

"[Manson] said, 'You know I can kill you, your family and everyone you know,' " Marks was quoted as saying in an Associated Press report. "Right after he said that, I was grabbed and shoved up against the wall by my neck."

Publicists at Marilyn Manson's Interscope label did not return calls about the incident by press time.

Manson's anger was a mystery to Marks, according to the AP report. Spin has run several articles on Manson, including a cover feature.

Marks refused treatment at the scene, according to police. He later was treated at a hospital for bruises sustained in the alleged attack. Marks provided detectives with a photo of the bodyguards Wednesday (Nov. 25), according to AP. Police said they are investigating the incident.

The alleged attack by Manson's bodyguards comes just two days after Manson, his namesake band and members of his entourage were accused of going on an arson and property-damage spree before and after a show in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The band is currently touring in support of its latest LP, Mechanical Animals, which includes the hit single "The Dope Show" (RealAudio excerpt).

Before their show at the nearly sold-out, 3,000-capacity Poughkeepsie Civic Center, unidentified members of the group set fire to a T-shirt in their dressing room, which in turn set carpeting ablaze and brought the local fire department rushing to the scene, Poughkeepsie Fire Chief Jack Forbes said.

"It was basically out when we arrived," Forbes said of the minor blaze, adding that the group also had apparently destroyed some lighting equipment and "basically trashed" the dressing room.

The mayhem continued at the Sheraton Hotel in Poughkeepsie following the show, as bandmembers set fire to carpeting in four hotel rooms and soiled sinks with hair dye, according to the New York Post.

In another recent attack on a music journalist, Jesse Washington, the editor of the hip-hop magazine Blaze, was beaten by four men who attacked him at the magazine's New York City offices Nov. 16, according to police.

Washington, 29, was in a sixth-floor conference room at 215 Lexington Ave., at 4:30 p.m. Monday when four black men allegedly assaulted him with a chair, according to police. An employee called police, who arrived on the scene with an ambulance.

Washington suffered lacerations and fractures to his face and was treated at New York University Hospital and later released. Two men, including noted hip-hop producer Deric Angelettie (a.k.a. the Mad Rapper), have thus far been arrested and charged in the alleged attack.