Marilyn Manson seemed like he was going to be an ironic superstar. He dressed in black and summed up demons on stage, but off the stage, he appeared to be a fairly normal person and one who didn't get into trouble. Turns out, that was as false as his stage persona.
Of course, very little of what Marilyn Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, has been accused of has been proven. The fact is that there are just so many lawsuits against him that either have been settled or abandoned that criminal proof has not been provided. So while it would be inaccurate to say Manson is guilty of sexual battery and rape, among other things, there have been enough cases settled out of court that one can make up their own mind.
In the most recent lawsuit settled, the person making the accusations against him settled in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, for an undisclosed sum. Manson's attorney, Howard King, stated, "Brian is pleased that, just as previous lawsuits were abandoned without payment or settled for pennies on the dollar, this plaintiff has now agreed to drop her suit in exchange for an insurance payment representing a fraction of her demands and far less than the cost to Brian of proceeding to trial."
Meanwhile, the woman making the accusation, who goes by Jane Doe (which one can definitely understand), said in a statement to Rolling Stone magazine (see link above), "I was fully prepared for trial and never in a million years thought I would ever settle, but over the past two-and-a-half years I have silently endured threats, bullying, harassment and various forms of intimidation that have intensified over the past few weeks."
Marilyn Manson avoids court and Napster hopes for a comeback
In other news, new Napster CEO, Jon Vlassopulos, has an idea to make the music service relevant again. Napster never left, but it's just had so many ownership changes and mission views. But maybe
Vlassopulos can change that.
What he wants to do is remake what was MP3 into Web3. According to Vlassopulos, "Web3 could eventually generate 'billions and billions of dollars' for the music industry." Web3 users are able to "sell their own data through decentralized data networks, ensuring that they maintain ownership control," according to simplilearn.com. So yeah, maybe Napster will make a comeback. Or, you know...not.