On this day in 2007, Marilyn Manson was sued by former band member Stephen Bier (aka Madonna Wayne Gacy) who played keyboards.
Bier claimed he was owed $20m (£9.8m) in shared profits and that he was not paid properly over a period of almost two decades. In legal papers filed in Los Angeles, Bier stated that Manson falsely told him the band was not making much money and instead used band’s money to buy a $2m (£980,000) home and collect Nazi memorabilia, including coat hangers used by Adolf Hitler.
Manson denied Bier’s claims and said the keyboard player didn’t properly perform his duties with the band.
On December 29, 2009, the lawsuit came to a settlement. The agreement called for lawyers representing Bier to be paid $380,000 (all figures U.S.). Manson’s insurance company will pay $175,000 while the rest will be paid by Bier’s former business managers, said Manson’s lawyer, Howard King.
King felt this was a victory for Manson because Manson would not be paying anything out of his own pocket.