Eva Braun Causes Manson Suit
Marilyn Manson’s former keyboardist filed a $20 million suit against the shock rocker August 2nd in Los Angeles County Superior Court, claiming the singer squandered shared band profits on oddities like Nazi paraphernalia and human skeletons.
Stephen Bier – who goes by Madonna Wayne Gacy on stage – said he is owed at least $20 million in shared profits after Manson and others tricked him into thinking the group wasn’t bringing in that much dough. Bier said he, Manson and other band members signed a partnership agreement to share profits in 1993.
The keyboardist said he caught on he was missing out on profits when Manson, aka Brian Warner, used band money for a wacky spending binge from 2004 to 2006. Manson bought a handbag for his fiancée once owned by Hitler’s longtime mistress, Eva Braun, and other Nazi paraphernalia, as well as a Los Angeles gallery to display his artwork and a $2 million home.
According to the suit, the band’s profits also went to Manson’s personal drug treatment, a low-budget movie production and $450,000 for an engagement ring and his wedding to burlesque performer Dita Von Teese, who has filed for divorce.
The suit claims Manson also bought "African masks made of human skin, the full skeleton of a 4-year-old Chinese girl, and the full skeleton of a 17th-century male in a wheelchair."
Bier claims that his salary payments and band credit card access were cut off by Manson and the band’s lawyer and business managers. He said he was also denied payment for medical bills stemming from work-related problems.
Manson denied the allegations and vowed to fight them in an interview with MTV News August 2nd.
"The fact that he’s claiming that I’ve treated him unfairly, financially, is really ridiculous," Manson said. "And I would never spend my money on a Chinese girl skeleton. That would be crossing the line. It’s a Chinese boy, for the record."