Marilyn Manson is suing Seraphim Ward for defamation after allegedly claiming the two were previously engaged. News of Manson threatening to take legal action against Ward first surfaced a couple of weeks ago. At the time Manson claimed Ward informed various media outlets the two were engaged and accused Ward of labelling him “a racist Nazi sympathizer”.
Ward then released a statement in reaction to Manson’s accusations, claiming she never said the two were engaged. In Ward’s statement the 29-year-old independent horror occult filmmaker wrote that her former publicist Jonathan Jaxson allegedly spread the engagement rumours.
Furthermore, Ward claimed that the rumours cost her relationship with former Manson keyboardist Stephen Bier Jr aka ‘Pogo’ Madonna Wayne Gacy and that she has been constantly harassed by Manson and his camp.
Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Manson is suing Ward for defamation and harassment. Manson, legal name Brian Warner, claims that Ward, legal name Yolanda Tharpe, announced the two were engaged on Ward’s official website.
The lawsuit also alleges that Tharpe helped spread the rumours by sending a cease-and-desist letter from Manson’s attorneys to TMZ.com. Manson also claims that Ward is accusing the singer of being “pro-Nazi” and refused to marry her because he did “not want to be seen with [African-American] women’ like her”.
In addition to this Ward has also apparently accused Manson of stalking and being “responsible for the deaths of her two cats”. Manson has filed for misappropriation of common law right of publicity, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, unlawful use of Manson’s name for commercial advantage and defamation, and is seeking $50,000 in damages.
You can read the full lawsuit here.