Marilyn Manson Lawyer Alleges Videographer “Consented” to Bodily Fluid Exposure
The videographer who claims Marilyn Manson assaulted her when he spat on her during a 2019 concert “consented” to be exposed to the singer’s bodily fluids, according to the shock rocker’s attorney.
As first reported in May, Manson allegedly spit on videographer Susan Fountain during a 2019 concert at the Bank of NH Pavilion in Gilford, NH. Fountain 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. Earlier this month, he plead “not guilty” to two misdemeanor counts of simple assault.
According to court documents obtained by the Associated Press, Manson’s attorney, Kent Baker, asserts that concert videographers such as Fountain are often subject to “incidental contact,” that Fountain “consented to exposing herself to potential contact with sweat, saliva and phlegm in close quarters,” and that “any contact related to spitting or sneezing was unintentional.”
This despite the fact that video of the incident (below) shows Manson looking at, and the spitting directly onto, Fountain’s lens:
If convicted, Manson faces up to a year in prison and a fine of $2,000 for each charge.
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 in August, 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.”