Los Angeles, Nov 3 : Singer Marilyn Manson says he pretended to eat a real leech on the set of the TV show "Salem". The 47-year-old stars in the third season of the American supernatural drama series as a barber. In one scene, he was seen having the slimy segmented worm in his mouth, although he wasn t allowed to swallow it, reports rollingstone.com."I was a little disappointed that the leech handler wouldn t let me be a little bit rougher with them. They don t really have nervous systems, technically.But I remember as a little kid I used to pour salt on slugs. They re probably from the same family. And I have eaten escargot before, so I figured why not eat the leech? It s not that big of a deal," he said."Yeah.I wasn t technically allowed to swallow it. So, we will agree to disagree to agree that there is a leech in my mouth that did not necessarily get eaten," Manson added.