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Monday, 8 April, 2002, 10:09 GMT 11:09 UK
Marilyn Manson denies crash claim
Marilyn Manson is currently in the UK top 10
Marilyn Manson is currently in the UK top 10
Controversial rock singer Marilyn Manson has denied claims that he was responsible for the death of a woman after a party at his mansion last year.

Jennifer Syme, a former girlfriend of actor Keanu Reeves, died in April 2001 when her Jeep Cherokee hit three parked cars.

Her mother, Maria St John, is suing the singer for wrongful death, claiming Manson was negligent in "instructing the woman to operate a motor vehicle in her incapacitated condition".

However in a statement from his record company, Manson said he was innocent.

Keanu Reeves
Jennifer Syme dated Keanu Reeves
He said: "After Jennifer was sent home safely with a designated driver, she later got behind the wheel of her own car for reasons known only to her."

The lawsuit alleges Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, gave Ms Syme drugs before she was dropped off at her home.

She got into her car, with the intent of returning to Manson's home, according to the lawsuit.

But her body was thrown from the car as she hit parked vehicles in a Hollywood boulevard.

Dedicated

Ms Syme had been suffering from depression and was receiving medication after her baby daughter was stillborn in late 1999.

She was a record executive and an actress who had a small part in David Lynch's movie Lost Highway.

The director dedicated his last film, the Oscar-nominated Mullholland Drive, to her memory.

Manson, a former music journalist, is one of the most controversial characters in music and his concerts are regularly picketed by religious and civil rights groups.

He is currently in the UK top 10 with his cover of the song Tainted Love.

The song, originally recorded by Gloria Jones in 1964, was made a hit by Soft Cell in 1981. Manson's version is at number nine this week.

See also:

01 Feb 99 | Entertainment
400 hurt at shock rock concert
22 Apr 99 | Entertainment
The mystery of Marilyn Manson
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