Marilyn Manson 'squandered band's cash buying skeletons and masks made from human skin'

Last updated at 01:05 24 November 2007

American singer-songwriter Marilyn Manson squandered his band's profits on skeletons - including one of a girl - according to his former keyboard player.

Stephen "Pogo" Bier - who played for Manson as Madonna Wayne Gacy - says the 38-year-old also bought African masks made of human skin.

Bier filed a breach of contract lawsuit in August in which he accused Manson of taking cash belonging to the rest of the band to pay for "sick and disturbing purchases of Nazi memorabilia and taxidermy (including the skeleton of a young Chinese girl)".

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Marilyn Manson and Stephen 'Pogo' Bier

He is claiming Manson "devised a campaign to drive him out of the band and rob him of his entitlement" and is demanding 20 million dollars in back pay.

Now his lawyer Keith Fink has filed additional papers adding to a list of artefacts bought by the goth singer - many of which are illegal in the U.S.

As well as the skeleton and masks, Manson is said to have bought a range of stuffed animals, including a grizzly bear and two baboons.

He is also accused of using band funds to pay for a collection of Nazi memorabilia.

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