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Marilyn Manson is suing a woman he says has been harassing him for months and who has falsely claimed to be engaged to the glam rocker.
According to the complaint filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Manson — whose legal name is Brian Warner — has been the target of a “months-long campaign of defamation and harassment” Yolanda Tharpe, a “musician” and “‘independent occult’ filmmaker” who goes by the stage name Seraphim Ward.
The suit alleges that Tharpe, whom Manson insists he does not know, has publicly announced that the two are engaged on her personal website and to various media outlets. The filing alleges that Tharpe attempted to perpetuate the story by providing TMZ.com with a cease-and-desist letter issued her by Manson’s attorneys.
When Manson demanded she retract the announcement, Tharpe obliged — but also made accusations implying the rocker refused to marry her because he was “pro-Nazi” and did “not want to be seen with [African-American] women’ like her,” the complaint says. Tharpe also claimed that Manson is “responsible for the deaths of her two cats” and is “stalking her,” according to the complaint.
Manson is seeking $50,000 in five causes of action for defamation, misappropriation of common law right of publicity, unlawful use of Manson’s name for commercial advantage, and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
Neither Manson nor Tharpe were available for comment.
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