Marilyn Manson Hit With Lawsuit
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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Shock rocker Marilyn Manson defended himself against claims that he was responsible for the death of a woman after a party at his mansion last year.
Jennifer Syme, 29, died on April 1, 2001 when she was flung from her Jeep Cherokee after hitting at least three parked cars.
``After Jennifer was sent home safely with a designated driver, she later got behind the wheel of her own car for reasons known only to her,″ Manson said in a statement issued through his Posthuman Records Management label.
A wrongful death suit filed Tuesday in Superior Court by Syme’s mother claims Manson was negligent in ``instructing the woman to operate a motor vehicle in her incapacitated condition.″
Maria St. John is seeking unspecified damages and attorney fees.
The lawsuit alleges that Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, gave Syme drugs before she was dropped off at her home. She got into her car, with the intent of returning to Manson’s home, according to the lawsuit.