JUST DAYS after trashing his hotel room in a post-concert rampage, Marilyn Manson is accused of setting his bodyguards on a journalist from Spin. Craig Marks, executive editor of the alternative music mag, says he was grabbed by the throat, pulled up in the air and tossed against a wall by the shock rocker's goons following a concert at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom. Marks, 37, charged Manson & Co with harassment and assault. NYPD is investigating. There's no immediate word from the Manson camp, who have become adept at "no commenting" on the singer's myriad controversies.
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THE EX-KENICKIE front person Lauren Laverne is a front-runner to replace Denise van Outen on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast. A glance at her CV reveals a whiff of the meeja star: a convent school upbringing; presenting experience via The Alphabet Show; a colourful vocabulary. Others in line for the job include Melanie Sykes, MTV's Jenny McCarthy, Sophie Dahl, Melinda Messenger and the former Hollyoaks star Davinia Taylor.