Marilyn Manson sentenced for blowing nose on camerawoman

Marilyn Manson sentenced for blowing nose on camerawoman

Marilyn Manson was sentenced Monday to 20 hours of community service and a fine for blowing his nose on a camerawoman at a 2019 concert in New Hampshire.

The rocker, 54, wanted to appear by video at his hearing on a misdemeanor charge, but the judge required him to be in the courtroom in Laconia, about 30 miles north of Concord, the state capital.

Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of simple assault stemming from the incident with the camerawoman at a concert at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford on August 19, 2019.

He pleaded no contest to a charge of blowing his nose in a plea deal negotiated with prosecutors. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the other charge, which alleged that the camerawoman spit on him. A no contest plea means that Manson does not contest the charge, nor does he admit guilt.

Manson was fined just over $1,400 as part of the deal, with $200 suspended. He needs to remain free of arrest and notify local police of any actions in New Hampshire for two years.

The judge agreed to allow Manson to perform his community service in California. He mentioned to reporters that he might choose to work with people in rehab. Manson must present proof of his community service by February 4.

According to a police affidavit, Manson approached camerawoman Susan Fountain in the barricaded area of ​​the scene, put his face close to her camera and spat out “a large amount of phlegm.” She ended up with saliva on both hands.

Manson approached her again later, kneeling and holding one nostril before blowing snot that landed on the camerawoman’s arms and hands. Fountain said in a statement that it is “the most disgusting thing a human being could have done.”. manson “blown a significant amount of mucus onto Fountain”a police sergeant who reviewed the concert video said in a sworn statement.

After that, the camera view changes and Manson can be seen “pointing and laughing at Fountain as she gets out and walks away,” the statement notes. On Monday, Manson entered through the main entrance of the courthouse. He was wearing a suit, and was dressed in black from head to toe, with dark sunglasses. He identified himself in court as Brian Warner, using a soft voice. Otherwise, he only answered “yes” to the judge’s questions about whether he understood the procedure and made no statement.

Prosecutor Andrew Livernois said it was his first offense and he had no criminal record. Fountain was not present in court. Manson originally pleaded not guilty to both charges in 2021. He was scheduled to go on trial in August. His attorney had said that the type of filming Fountain did commonly exposes cameramen to “incidental contact” with bodily fluids.

“It is well known that the defendant’s actions over the past twenty years include shocking and evocative acts similar to those that occurred here,” wrote attorney Kent Barker. “The alleged victim consented to exposing himself to possible contact with sweat, saliva and phlegm in confined spaces.”

Barker had also said Manson planned to argue that any contact involving spitting or sneezing was unintentional. If Manson had gone to trial on the charges, each could have resulted in a jail sentence of less than a year and a $2,000 fine if he were convicted.

Manson emerged as a musical star in the mid-1990s, known as much for generating public controversy as for hit songs like “The Beautiful People” and albums like 1996’s “Antichrist Superstar” and 1998’s “Mechanical Animals.”

In May, a California judge dismissed key sections of Manson’s lawsuit against his ex-fiancee, “Westworld” actress Evan Rachel Wood, alleging that she fabricated allegations of sexual and physical abuse allegedly committed by Manson during their relationship and that Wood encouraged other women to accuse him. Manson will appeal that ruling. Manson’s lawsuit, filed last year, alleges that Wood and another woman named as a defendant, Illma Gore, defamed him, intentionally caused him emotional distress and harmed his career in music, television and film.

Several women have accused Manson in recent years of sexual and other abuse. Most of the allegations have been dismissed or settled, including a lawsuit filed by “Game of Thrones” actress Esme Bianco.

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