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Monday, 27 August, 2001, 16:08 GMT 17:08 UK
Eminem and Manson duet ends festival
Eminem: Paid tribute to R&B star Aaliyah, who has died
A duet between two of the most controversial men in rock - Eminem and Marilyn Manson - has ended this year's Reading Festival.

The two stars topped the bill on the final day of the three-day event, which attracted more than 55,000 people.

Marilyn Manson
Manson: Joined Eminem on stage for one song
The festival was not without incident, as police earlier said they were looking for a man who raped a 16-year-old girl while she was alone in her tent at the festival site in the early hours of Sunday.

Reading's sister events - in Leeds and Glasgow - also drew to a close with headline slots from the Manic Street Preachers and Travis respectively.

Eminem closed Reading with a typically confrontational set, but was visibly upset as he requested a short silence to mark the death of R&B singer Aaliyah, who was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas.

The rapper was then joined by Manson, who has also been surrounded by controversy, for his track Way I Am.

Travis closed Glasgow's Gig on the Green
The song is about media mis-representation of a star's true character, and both musicians have complained of being vilified by the press.

Manson is currently facing a police investigation in America after a security guard at one of his concerts accused him of sexual assault.

Eminem has been given probation sentences for two separate gun charges during the last six months.

Protests over the pair's stage shows and lyrics had been seen before their performances at the Glasgow's Gig on the Green festival the previous day.

Crowd crush

The protesters said they were opposed to the "anti-Christian" message in both shows and were alarmed that children as young as 12 would be able to watch Saturday's performances.

Forty-five Eminem fans had to be given medical treatment after a crush during the Grammy-winning rapper's set.

But there were no repeats of the crush at his show at Reading on Sunday.

Police on the Reading site carried out tent-to-tent inquiries to find two men involved in the rape of a girl at 0400BST on Sunday.

Police said the victim was attacked as she slept alone in her tent on an official festival camp site.


E-fits of a white man, aged between 20 and 27-years-old, of medium build and 5ft 7in to 5ft 8in tall, were distributed.

Another man who looked on as the attack took place was described as a muscular black man, in his mid 20s, with short hair.

There were 80 arrests in total at the Berkshire festival, mostly for drug offences, police said.

Police said 32 people have been charged with a number of offences and 24 more were been cautioned.

Almost 300 seizures of cannabis and 22 seizures of class A drugs were made during the festival, a spokesman for Thames Valley Police said.

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