Marilyn Manson files lawsuit over engagement claim
Rocker Marilyn Manson is suing a woman he says has been harassing him for months and falsely claimed to be engaged to him, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In court documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court earlier this week, the star accuses Yolanda Tharpe of a "months-long campaign of defamation and harassment." He alleges that she announced on her personal website that they are engaged and attempted to convince gossip site TMZ that the story was true.
The suit also alleges that Tharpe defamed Manson when she called him "pro-Nazi," said that he did "not want to be seen with [African-American] women" like her, claimed that the "Beautiful People" star is "responsible for the deaths of her two cats" and accused him of "stalking her."
Tharpe is a self-described "independent occult filmmaker" and musician who performs under the name Seraphim Ward.
Manson is seeking US $50,000 in damages 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.
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