MARILYN MANSON Sued By Former Keyboardist/Drummer Over 'Partnership Proceeds'

According to the New York Post, former MARILYN MANSON keyboardist/drummer Stephen "Pogo" Bier is filing a lawsuit in Los Angeles today against Manson charging that instead of paying Bier for his services, the singer squandered his band's earnings on "sick and disturbing purchases of Nazi memorabilia and taxidermy (including the skeleton of a young Chinese girl)." Bier accuses the shock rocker and his "musketeers" (his business manager, lawyer and the band's manager) of assisting Manson "in filching millions of dollars the band made over the years." According to an e-mail sent to the New York Post's Page Six that was approved by Bier's lawyer, Keith Fink, Manson promised Bier "partnership proceeds" from the band in 1993, but then spluged on "a multimillion-dollar home, had a lavish wedding in Ireland, gave an engagement ring to Dita von Teese" and collected Nazi artifacts and taxidermy. When Bier asked for the "partnership proceeds," Manson "devised a campaign to drive Bier out of the band and rob him of his entitlement," the e-mail states. "Litigation will begin immediately."

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