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Marilyn Manson Says Scary Concert Mishap Was Like ‘Wrestling a Giant Iron Monster’

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Marilyn Manson is opening up about a recent stage accident that crushed his leg, calling it “terrifying.”

A large double-pistol prop and its metal frame fell on Manson during a Sept. 30 performance of the Eurythmics’ 1983 song “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” at the Hammersmith Ballroom in Manhattan. He was subsequently rushed to a New York City hospital, where doctors set the leg. Nine scheduled stops in Manson’s on-going tour were cancelled, even as cellphone footage of the incident went viral.

“I only recently watched the video of it,” Manson tells Yahoo. “I can see how it could look terrifying. It was terrifying for me, because the truss was not secured properly.”

Manson added that he “wasn’t trying to climb” the prop; instead, Manson said he attempted to “push back and didn’t get out of the way” before the entire rig came crashing down. “I’m not sure what I hit my head on, but it did fall onto my leg and break the fibula in two places,” Manson added. “The pain was excruciating.”

He ended up with a plate and 10 screws inserted into the leg, another stabilizing screw in his ankle, and a cast. Back home recovering in Los Angeles, Manson has had plenty of time to consider how much worse this incident might have been.

“It definitely could have crushed my skull and my ribs,” he said. “I have some minor bruising in that area, but it took six guys to pull it off of me. It was like wrestling a giant iron monster.”

The Hammersmith show marked Marilyn Manson’s third stop in a North American tour to promote his new album Heaven Upside Down. Manson is currently scheduled to return for this weekend’s Freaker’s Ball at Grand Prairie, Texas.

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