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Rock Star Denies Role in Fatal Car Crash

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From Times Staff Reports

Rocker Marilyn Manson defended himself against a wrongful-death lawsuit filed against him by the mother of a Los Angeles woman killed in a car accident a year ago after an all-night party at Manson’s house.

In a statement through his Posthuman Records Management label, Manson said the April 1, 2001, accident that killed Jennifer Syme, a Los Angeles record executive, was a tragedy, and that the lawsuit filed this week by her mother, Maria St. John, was a surprise.

“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,” said the controversial rocker, whose real name is Brian Warner.

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After leaving Manson’s house at about 6 a.m., Syme crashed her 1998 Jeep Cherokee into some parked cars in the 2100 block of North Cahuenga Boulevard. The 29-year-old was ejected from the car and died at the scene.


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