American shock rocker Marilyn Manson was once arrested at an Italian concert by police convinced he'd severed his own penis and thrown it at the crowd.

The singer was left so bewildered by the allegations he had to flash officers to prove his appendage was still attached.

Marilyn, real name BRIAN WARNER, explains, "At an Italian concert someone made a complaint that I tore off my manhood and threw it into the crowd. The police actually believed it and arrested me.

"I had to show them, 'Look, everything is still here.' I had to convince them that I'm not a magician."

29/08/2003 17:19