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Heavy Metal, Heavy Payout

Thursday, January 18th, 2007 at 16:27 by Matt Rhodes

Heavy Metal tour manager Mark Stickland has been awarded £40,000 in libel damages against publishers Emap Metro who claimed he had been caught playing with ‘little Mark’ while at work.

The allegations were made in the January 2006 issue of Kerrang! magazine during an interview with the band he managed at the time, Bullet For My Valentine. It was alleged that the bands drummer Moose (not his real name) had caught Mr Stickland performing his own special brand of head-banging while at his desk on tour in Germany in 2005.

Mr Stickland said he was potrayed as a ’sexual deviant’ and the allegations had made it very awkward to continue in his line of work. Emap publishing argued it was ordinary behavior and also true. (Their offices must be a riot).

After the ruling, Mr Stickland, 36, said ‘I’m very relieved it’s all over’. He was believed not to have said that at the time of the alleged incident.

After the unamious jury verdict the publishers were refused permission to appeal.

What a triumph for the British justice system. Just when you thought this country was going to the dogs along comes a case to enrich the soul. And be warned, you may have a boring job, but don’t take matters into your own hands, you never know who could walk in.

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3 Comments on “Heavy Metal, Heavy Payout”

  1. Rhys Wilcox Says:

    Was he offered an unconditional discharge?

  2. Jislizard Says:

    In a business where people bite the heads of live animals Mark Strickland’s actions are pretty tame, unless he was biting the head off a live animal whilst he was allegedly pleasuring himself.

    Now THAT’S Rock and Roll !

  3. fiona Says:

    Moose obviously never heard of knocking on the door then. poor mark, in a lull at work must have decided to cheer himself up,thinking that 1 minutes fiddling would make the day pass quicker,only to be rudely interupted. after all he was behind his own desk minding his own er, business. anyway don’t men always have their hands stuck to there ‘bits’ on a permanent basis! an old boss of mine (in much the same situation as mark)reckoned he was “checking for lumps”. Sadly he resigned soon after because the ridicule he recieved from us workers did nothing for his self esteem. sounds bad but as he was a bully to us women i think he deserved his ‘come’uppance!

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