Marilyn Manson Pleads Not Guilty to Assaulting Videographer
Attorneys for Marilyn Manson have pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of simple assault in New Hampshire, Deadline reports.
As first reported in May, Manson allegedly spit on a videographer during a 2019 concert at the Bank of NH Pavilion in Gilford, NH. The videographer had been “subcontracted by a New Hampshire based company” to record the show.
Manson turned himself in to the Los Angeles Police Department per an arrangement between New Hampshire officials and Manson’s attorney on Friday, July 2. The singer was subsequently released on personal recognizance bail.
Conditions of his release include:
- He cannot commit any crimes while on release.
- He cannot have any contact with the alleged victim.
- He must appear at all of his court hearings.
In May, after the arrest warrant for the singer was initially issued, his attorney, Howard King, denied the charges:
“It is no secret to anyone who has attended a Marilyn Manson concert that he likes to be provocative on stage, especially in front of a camera. This misdemeanor claim was pursued after we received a demand from a venue videographer for more than $35,000 after a small amount of spit came into contact with their arm. After we asked for evidence of any alleged damages, we never received a reply. This whole claim is ludicrous, but we remain committed to cooperating with authorities, as we have done throughout.”
Video of the incident can be viewed below.
If convicted, Manson faces up to a year in prison and fine of $2,000.
The New Hampshire assault charges are likely the least of Manson’s concerns right now, as he’s also currently being sued by multiple ex-girlfriends for sexual assault, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, human trafficking, and unlawful imprisonment, amongst other charges.
Manson made his first public appearance since those allegations surfaced last week, joining Kanye West on stage at an event promoting the rapper’s new album, Donda. Manson reportedly also lent his voice to that record.
Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood — the shock rocker’s ex-fianceé, and the woman who began the deluge of accusations against him — responded to the Manson/Kanye news by performing a cover of the New Radicals’ “Get What You Give” at a Hollywood nightclub, flipping the bird when the lyrics referenced the singer. She later dedicated to the performance to “my fellow survivors who got slapped in the face this week.”
[via The PRP]