AceShowbiz - A police officer in Maine has been relieved of backstage duty at rock concerts after staging a mock arrest with Marilyn Manson at the weekend.
The shock rocker posted video of himself being handcuffed by Officer Curtis Grenier at the Impact Music Festival in Bangor on Sunday, July 29 online, and the footage quickly picked up interest, with over 100,000 fans checking out the 'arrest' on Instagram.
Realising that the video could become a PR nightmare, Lt. Tim Cotton took to the Bangor Police Department's Facebook page on Monday to assure Manson fans and the media the whole thing was a set up.
"In the interest of saving us a whole lot of call-backs, Marilyn Manson was merely handcuffed and released immediately thereafter," he wrote. "Officer Curtis Grenier, typically listening to only Enya, and a little bit of Oasis, was posted backstage during the Impact Music Festival. He did not recognise Mr. Manson without his stage makeup - our apologies.
"Grenier has been spoken to and relieved of backstage concert-related duties for the foreseeable future".
Sunday's gig was a return to form for Manson, who was forced to sit out a show on Thursday night, July 26 in Toronto, Canada after falling ill just before he was due onstage.