It could safely be argued that no artist has ever had their career affected by one single event more than that of Marilyn Manson and the Columbine High School massacre in 1999.
13 people died and more than 20 were injured when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into the school and started shooting. The killings began a debate on gun control that is still raging today while, as rumours circulated that the killers were into the Goth culture which Manson was associated with, he found himself in the media spotlight, trying to defend himself and his career.
This week, Manson has once again spoken frankly about the impact the tragedy had on him. Speaking at the Cannes Lion 2015 event earlier this week, he said:
Not only did I not do anything, they were not fans of mine. But I sat and watched it live on TV, and they said, initially, that they were wearing Marilyn Manson makeup and t-shirts. And then you find out later that they weren't. But once the wheels started spinning...
His 'association' with the killers meant that a number of venues refused to book him for shows, and his career, in the eyes of many, has never been able to move out of the dark shadow cast by the Columbine tragedy.
It is a great shame to know that the career of an entirely innocent man has suffered as a result of media speculation, however, he was not the first celebrity to have it happen to him and, in today's media obsessed society, he won't be the last.