Former New York Club Kid Michael Alig Released From Prison!

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Michael Alig in 2014

Michael Alig, the popular Club Kid from the 1980s, went to prison for murdering Angel Melendez over a drug debt in 1996.

Alig, now 48, who was portrayed by Macaulay Culkin in 2003’s “Party Monster”, was released from Mid-State Correctional Facility in Marcy, NY on Monday after serving over 17 years in prison.

Michael was sentenced with first-degree manslaughter in 1997 for the murder and dismemberment of drug dealer Andre “Angel” Melendez a year earlier.

Angel Melendez murdered

Alig and his accomplice, Robert “Freeze” Riggs, entered a guilty plea and were sentenced to 10-20 years in prison. “Freeze” was released in 2010.

Michael Alig moved to New York in the early 1980s to attend Fordham University but later dropped out and became involved in the New York underground club scene as a promoter.

Alig and his fellow Club Kids made the headlines for their outrageous dance parties that showcased sex, rampant drug use, and awesome costumes.

The story of Alig’s rise and fall was first told in the 1999 book “Disco Bloodbath”, written by his best friend and fellow Club Kid James St. James.

The book discussed how they friendship fell apart after Alig’s drug addiction was out of control.

Michael Alig during Club Kids days

The book later became the basis for the 2003 film “Party Monster”, with Culkin played Alig and Seth Green playing the role of St. James. There are reports that parole officers denied Alig’s parole in 2006 after seeing the film.

Alig tweeted today, “Happy to be free and so grateful for this second chance. Can’t wait 2C @JSJDarling at dinner. #frenemy.”

Another tweet adds, “W/all these cams following now I know what @KimKardashian feels like ! #keepingupwiththeclubkid.”

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