Following last week's filing of an unlawful death suit, Marilyn Manson (real name: Brian Warner) released a statement defending himself against claims that he was responsible for the death of a woman

Following last week's filing of an unlawful death suit, Marilyn Manson (real name: Brian Warner) released a statement defending 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 the statement issued through his Posthuman Records label.

A wrongful death suit filed last Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by Syme's mother, Maria St. John, claims Manson was negligent in "instructing the woman to operate a motor vehicle in her incapacitated condition." St. John is seeking unspecified damages and attorney fees.

The lawsuit alleges that Manson 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.


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