Marilyn Manson Sued By Former Member

September 24, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Will Marilyn Manson ever be free of bad press? Before, the group only had to contend with outspoken fundamentalist Christians, but now it looks like even people who at one time were close to the shock rocker are even turning on him.

Scott Putesky, who was known as Daisy Berkowitz during his days with the group, has filed suit against Manson (both the band and Brian Warner, the group's singer who goes by the same name) and David Codikow, the band's attorney. Putesky is seeking $15 million for breach of contract and fraudulent inducement to conversion.

Putesky claims he and Manson co-founded the concept for the group and he alleges that after the band signed with Nothing Records (the label started by Trent Reznor as a subsidiary of Interscope), the group's attorney wanted them to prepare a partnership agreement. Putesky also claims Codikow favored Manson through all the negotiations.

Putesky wrote four songs that appeared on the band's breakthrough album, Antichrist Superstar, but quit the band in May of 1996 after being "wrongfully excluded from the recording" of the album.

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