LACONIA, NH (AP) – A lawyer has filed an innocent plea on behalf of musical artist Marilyn Manson, who is accused of approaching a videographer at her 2019 concert in New Hampshire and allegedly spitting and blowing her nose.
Manson, whose legal name is Brian Hugh Warner, surrendered to Los Angeles police in July in connection with a 2019 arrest warrant in the case. The allegations were described in a police statement that was released along with a criminal complaint.
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Manson was charged with two counts of simple assault resulting from the alleged altercation on August 19, 2019 at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford. Offenses for misdemeanor can each result in a sentence of less than a year and a fine of $ 2,000 if convicted.
A trial on the charges was scheduled for Thursday, but a lawyer for Manson filed the not guilty plea and a right of appeal before the Laconia District Court. A case status hearing is scheduled for Dec. 27.
Susan Fountain, a videographer, was in the venue’s stage room at the time of the alleged assault. Her company, Metronome Media, was contracted by the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion for the concert season.
According to the statement, Manson approached Fountain for the first time, laid his face close to the camera and spat a “big lougee” at her. She was beaten on both hands with saliva.
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Manson reportedly returned a second time, covering one side of his nostrils and blowing in the direction of the fountain. Fountain put down his camera and went to the toilet to wash hands and arms wearing Manson’s body fluids.
Manson has also been accused of abuse – unrelated to the New Hampshire allegation – in recent years. He has denied wrongdoing.
In February, actress Evan Rachel Wood publicly accused Manson, her ex-wife, of sexual and other physical assaults, claiming she was “manipulated into submission” during their relationship. Months later, “Game of Thrones” actor Esmé Bianco sued Manson in federal court in Los Angeles, alleging sexual, physical and emotional abuse.
The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted, but Bianco and Wood have spoken publicly.
In 2018, Los Angeles County prosecutors refused to prosecute Manson over allegations of assault, battery and sexual assault from 2011, saying they were limited by statute of limitations and lack of confirmation. The prosecutor in that case was only identified as a social acquaintance by Manson.
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