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Rocker Marilyn Manson wanted in New Hampshire on assault warrant

  • Marilyn Manson arrives at the Art Of Elysium's 13th Annual Celebration - Heaven on Jan. 4, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images/TNS) Kevin Winter

New York Daily News
Published: 5/26/2021 9:55:56 PM
Modified: 5/26/2021 9:56:00 PM

GILFORD, N.H. — Police in the Lakes Region have issued an arrest warrant for singer Marilyn Manson on assault charges.

Manson, whose legal name is Brian Warner, is wanted in Gilford on two counts of simple assault, the town’s police department said in a Facebook post.

“Mr. Warner had been performing a concert at the Bank of NH Pavilion on August 18, 2019, when the alleged simple assaults occurred,” Gilford police said.

Police said the incident involved a videographer.

“The videographer had been subcontracted by a NH-based company to video the concert, and had been located in the stage pit area when the alleged assaults occurred,” police said.

Concertgoers told they saw Manson “shoot his snot,” at the camerawoman.

Manson’s attorney Brian King told that the charges were “ludicrous,” but said Manson would cooperate with authorities.

“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,” King said in a statement. “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.”

Police said Manson, his agent and his attorney have been aware of the charges for “some time,” but Manson has not returned to New Hampshire to face them.

Over the last several months, multiple women, including actresses Evan Rachel Wood and Esmé Bianco, have said the 52-year-old rocker sexually assaulted and physically abused them. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the reported abuse.

Manson was dropped by his agent and his record label in early February after Westworld actor Wood made her allegations public via an Instagram post.

Earlier this month, a former personal assistant to Manson sued the musician for sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and other transgressions.

She also corroborated some of the abuse allegations leveled previously by other women, including Wood and Bianco.

In a legal complaint filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Ashley Walters accused the Beautiful People singer of leveraging his “position of power, celebrity and connections to exploit and victimize” her during her employment from 2010 to 2011.

Walters is seeking financial compensation for the damages incurred, as well as a trial by jury for Manson’s alleged crimes.

Police in Gilford said the concert incident did not involve sexual contact.

“The alleged assaults are not sexual in nature as has been asked by several other media outlets due to a number of other allegations made against Mr. Warner,” police said.

In New Hampshire, a Class A misdemeanor can carry a possible jail sentence of less than one year and a fine of $2,000.00 or less.

Material from the Los Angeles Times was added to this report.

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