The story of the drunk Canadian Marilyn Manson fan who caused $10,000,000 in damage after a show

Come with me back to 2019 when Daniella Leis, a hardcore Marilyn Manson fan, went to a show at London, Ontario’s Budweiser Gardens. She had a few drinks. Okay, maybe more than a few.

After the gig, Leis drove the wrong way down Queen’s Avenue before slamming into a house, severing the gas line and causing a big leak. First responders pulled her from the car and evacuated the area. Fifteen minutes later, the house exploded and the ensuing fire spread to at least four others. There were no fatalities but damage was estimated at $10 million.

Leis was convicted on four drunk driving charges and sentenced to three years in jail. End of story, right?

Nope. Leis is now suing Ovations Ontario Food Services, the company at Budweiser Gardens in charge of the alcohol concessions. She contends that the company was negligent for overserving her when she was clearly wasted.

The claim says she was sold more booze “when they knew or ought to have known that she was intoxicated.” The suit says Ovation “[put] profit above safety.” Ergo the explosion was “caused or contributed to by the negligence, breach of duty, and breach of contract” of the company.

This should be fun. Read more here and here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “The story of the drunk Canadian Marilyn Manson fan who caused $10,000,000 in damage after a show

  • January 24, 2023 at 7:37 pm
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    So her fued is with the food service company not Marilyn Manson. She may have went to the concert and be a huge fan of his. However he himself did not serve her the drinks…. Okay Kool.

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