John 5 Says Marilyn Manson Didn’t Do Anything Wrong When He Kicked Him In The Chest

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Marilyn Manson’s former guitarist John 5 recently spoke about the controversial on-stage incident between them in 2003 when Manson accidentally kicked John 5’s chest. The guitarist opened up and said that Manson was not at fault.

John 5 started working in Marilyn Manson’s band in 1998 and stayed there until 2004. The incident where there was tension on stage between him and Manson happened in 2003 when John 5 was going through a tough time dealing with the recent death of his sister. He found out the news after a show when they were touring Europe.

After receiving the news, the guitarist couldn’t sleep for days, and his nerves were at their peak, and he continued to perform regardless. Hence, when Manson accidentally kicked John 5’s chest while dancing on stage, the guitarist didn’t take the incident well. He threw away his guitar and screamed at Manson. In the footage of the tension, Manson also seems heated up but then tries to calm the guitarist by telling him to pick his guitar back up.

Recently, John 5 detailed the event and said that Manson was not at fault and that he just wrongfully snapped. Regretting the whole event, John 5 also noted that all Manson was trying to do was calm him down. Watching back at the footage, he is filled with regret and feels horrible for that event.

Here is how he started to explain his state of mind:

“What happened was my sister passed away. My sister died unexpectedly. And I was shocked. I was in Europe, and I was coming down the stairs, off a stage after a concert, and they told me my sister had died. And I was in a state of shock; you just go into a state of shock.

And here’s the strange thing that happened to me: I didn’t sleep for days and days and days. It was the strangest thing. I just wasn’t tired. And I remember going to the bandmembers’ rooms, going, ‘I can’t sleep. I just can’t sleep. I haven’t slept in now two days or blah blah blah.”

He continued by stating his regret:

“So anyway, fast forward to the show. Now, what Manson did, that happened all the time. He didn’t do anything wrong. I just snapped. It was weird. I went nuts. I didn’t even remember. I just snapped. And I feel terrible watching it now because it really was my fault. You can’t really hear what he’s saying, obviously, but he’s saying, ‘Pick up your guitar.’ ‘Cause, it looks like he’s going, ‘Come on. Come on.’

But he’s saying, ‘Pick up your guitar. Pick up your guitar,’ because he knew what was going on. And I feel horrible about it. But it was just a bad situation at that time. It was terrible because he was so nice during that time and all that stuff. I was in such a weird place, and it was just a bad time. I don’t even remember it happening. It was just terrible.”

You can watch the 2003 incident below.