LACONIA, N.H. — Marilyn Manson was sentenced to twenty hours of neighborhood service and a high quality on Monday after pleading no contest to blowing his nostril on a videographer at a 2019 live performance in New Hampshire.
The shock rocker, 54, wished to look by way of video for his listening to on the misdemeanor cost, however the choose required him to be within the courtroom in Laconia, about 30 miles north of Concord, the state capital.
Manson, whose authorized title is Brian Warner, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of easy assault stemming from the encounter with the videographer on the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford on Aug. 19, 2019.
Manson pleaded no contest to only the nose-blowing cost in a completely negotiated plea settlement with prosecutors. The prosecutors agreed to dismiss the opposite cost, which alleged that he spit on the videographer. A no contest plea means Manson is just not contesting the cost and doesn’t admit guilt.
Manson was fined slightly greater than $1,400 as a part of the deal, with $200 suspended. He wants to stay arrest-free and notify native police of any New Hampshire performances for 2 years.
The choose agreed to permit Manson to serve his neighborhood service in California. He talked about to reporters that he may select to work with individuals in restoration. Manson has to present proof of his neighborhood service by Feb. 4.
According to a police affidavit, Manson approached videographer Susan Fountain within the venue’s stage pit space, put his face near her digicam and spit a “big lougee” at her. She was struck on each fingers with saliva. He approached her once more later, kneeling and protecting one nostril earlier than blowing the opposite on her arms and fingers.
Fountain mentioned by way of a press release that it “the most disgusting thing a human being could have done.”
Manson “blows a significant amount of mucous at Fountain,” a police sergeant who reviewed live performance video footage mentioned within the affidavit. After that, the digicam view modifications to a different one and you may see Manson “point and laugh at Fountain as she gets down and walks away,” the affidavit mentioned.
Monday, Manson walked into the principle entrance of the courthouse, by means of safety. He was sporting a go well with, dressed head to toe in black, and darkish sun shades. Security workers referred to him as “Mr. Warner,” and he recognized himself in court docket as “Brian Warner,” utilizing a comfortable talking voice.
He in any other case solely answered “yes” to the choose’s questions asking if he understood the continuing, and made no assertion. Prosecutor Andrew Livernois mentioned it was his first offense and he had no prior file.
Fountain was not current in court docket.
Manson initially pleaded not responsible to each fees in 2021. He was scheduled to go to trial in August. His lawyer had mentioned that the kind of filming Fountain was doing generally exposes videographers to “incidental contact” with bodily fluids.
“The defendant’s performance for the past twenty years are well known to include shocking and evocative antics similar to those that occurred here,” legal professional Kent Barker wrote. “The alleged victim consented to exposing herself to potential contact with sweat, saliva and phlegm in close quarters.”
Barker additionally had mentioned Manson deliberate to argue that any contact associated to spitting or sneezing was unintentional.
If Manson had gone to trial on the costs, every may have resulted in a jail sentence of lower than a yr and a $2,000 high quality if convicted.
Manson emerged as a musical star within the mid-Nineteen Nineties, generally known as a lot for courting public controversy as for hit songs like “The Beautiful People” and hit album’s like 1996’s “Antichrist Superstar” and 1998’s “Mechanical Animals.”
In May, a California choose threw out key sections of Manson’s lawsuit towards his former fiancee, “Westworld” actor Evan Rachel Wood, claiming she fabricated public allegations that he sexually and bodily abused her throughout their relationship and inspired different girls to do the identical. He is interesting the ruling.
Manson’s go well with, filed final yr, alleges that Wood and one other girl named as a defendant, Illma Gore, defamed Manson, deliberately triggered him emotional misery and derailed his profession in music, TV and movie.
Several girls have sued Manson in recent times with allegations of sexual and different abuse. Most have been dismissed or settled, together with a go well with filed by “Game of Thrones” actor Esme Bianco.
The Associated Press doesn’t sometimes title individuals who say they’ve been sexually abused except they arrive ahead publicly.