Marilyn Manson Says Columbine Accusations Shut Down His Career

(Classic Rock) Marilyn Manson says his career was "shut down" following the Columbine massacre. Some news outlets falsely claimed that killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were inspired by Manson's music before they murdered 12 students and one teacher when they opened fire in Columbine High School, Colorado, in April 1999.

The shootings, which also left 21 people injured, sparked debate over gun control laws in the US - and Manson reports that after the slaughter, live venues simply closed the door on him.

Speaking at Grey's annual music seminar in Cannes, France, Manson says: "With Columbine, it really shut down my career entirely, to the point where casinos refused to book my shows.

"It's almost unprecedented. Not only did I not do anything, they were not fans of mine. I sat and watched it live on TV and they said initially they were wearing Marilyn Manson make-up and t-shirts. You find out later that they weren't."

Despite the fact there was no connection between Manson's music and the pair, some media outlets continued to demonize him. Read more here.

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