As expected, disgraced shock rocker Marilyn Manson has reportedly turned himself in to authorities on two warrants for his arrest in the state of New Hampshire for misdemeanor simple assault.
TMZ reported Thursday (8th) that Manson (real name Brian Warner) brought himself in to the Los Angeles Police Department on July 2 where he was booked and ultimately released on personal recognizance bail. As part of his release, he has agreed not to commit any crimes while in the meantime, as well as keep his distance from the victim and attend all of his upcoming court hearings.
The arrest stems from a 2019 incident that took place at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion with a videographer subcontracted from a New Hampshire company hired to film a show Manson was performing. While in the photo pit, the videographer claimed she was spit upon several times by the singer and had snot projectiled onto her. No one was hurt, however, charges were pursued because the incident was considered “unprivileged physical contact.”
In a statement from Manson’s lawyer Howard King, he continues to maintain his client’s innocence, saying,
“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.”
Several concert attendees and venue workers back up the videographer’s story, claiming they saw what happened. Said one attendee to People Magazine,
“He was spitting everywhere and one time it got on her camera so she wiped it off and looked semi-irritated. He noticed this and kept purposely spitting on her camera. I think her final straw is he got on the floor, got within 2-3 feet of her and hacked a giant snot rocket at her not the camera. She was pissed off and disgusted so she stormed off and he just laughed.”
A security guard remembers the same thing, saying,
“I was right there when it happened, she was beyond furious when he did that to her. He spit on her a couple of times and then leaned real close to the camera and blew a huge snot rocket on her. After he did that, she almost threw her camera right down on the ground.”
If convicted, Manson faces a penalty of up to one year in jail and a $2000 fine.
Manson has found himself in a lot of legal trouble lately. Over the last couple of years, more than 15 women came forward claiming that they were sexually assaulted by the singer. In the first half of 2021, he was hit with four lawsuits from his former girlfriends and employees.