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Marilyn Manson enters not guilty plea in assault case

By | Published on Thursday 2 September 2021

Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson has formally entered a not guilty plea to two assault charges relating to allegations that he spat on a videographer during a show in New Hampshire in 2019.

The musician was arrested in July over an outstanding warrant linked to the alleged incident. He was charged with two counts of simple assault, following claims by videographer Susan Fountain – who was filming a show at the Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion in August 2019 – that he spat into the lens on her during his performance, also splashing saliva and snot onto her hands.

Manson’s attorney Howard King has previously called the accusations against his client in this case “ludicrous”, 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 misdemeanour 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”, he went on. “After we asked for evidence of any alleged damages, we never received a reply”.

An arraignment hearing was scheduled to take place today so that the charges could be formally confirmed, but yesterday an attorney for Manson filed his not guilty plea and a wavier of arraignment. The next pre-trial hearing is set to take place on 27 Dec.

As well as this criminal case, Manson is also currently facing four civil lawsuits accusing him of sexual assault.