The executive editor of Spin magazine filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against
shock-rocker Marilyn Manson in New York State Supreme Court on Monday, alleging he
was assaulted by two bodyguards for Manson after the singer threatened him, according
to Spin publicist Jason Roth.
Craig Marks, executive editor for Spin, said he was pushed against the wall and
lifted off the ground by his neck after a Nov. 23 show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in
New York. Before the alleged assault, Marks said, Manson threatened him by saying, “I can kill you; I can kill your family; I can kill everyone you know.”
“My feeling is that it was altogether premeditated,” Marks, 37, said in early December of
the alleged assault. “Especially the physical violence … I don’t know what he hoped to
gain. I don’t know if he was trying to intimidate me or just act out for his bandmates. … It
seems like an action that reeks of some kind of desperation.”
The personal injury lawsuit is seeking up to $1 million in compensatory damages and $5 million or more in punitive damages.
Edward Davis, attorney for Marks, said he hopes that the lawsuit will send a message. “I think it’s important for performers to understand violence is never an acceptable way to express their views,” he said.
Marks attributed the attack to Manson’s frustration at not being featured as the sole artist
on the January Spin cover that instead included Garbage lead singer Shirley
Manson and — in a fold-out section — hip-hoppers Lauryn Hill, Outkast and the Beastie
Boys; singer/songwriter Elliott Smith; French pop-duo Air; and pop acts Alanis
Morissette, N’Sync and Matchbox 20.
Jennie Boddy, publicist for Marilyn Manson at the band’s Interscope Records label,
offered no comment on the suit.
The band’s official website (www.marilynmanson.net) confirmed last month that Manson
had had a confrontation with Marks in a letter posted by the shock rocker.
“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,” the singer was
quoted as saying on the website. “I told him that I didn’t care what he prints or [whether] … 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.”
The lawsuit names Manson, his record companies Interscope and Nothing, the bodyguards — Aaron Dilks and Steven Miller — and the agency that hired them.