Controversial rock star Marilyn Manson is reportedly prepared to turn himself in to the police in Los Angeles on an arrest warrant for allegedly assaulting a videographer back in 2019 during a concert – which according to his lawyers is a “ludicrous” accusation based on some spit.
52-year-old Brian Hugh Warner, known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, has been charged with two counts of simple assault misdemeanor allegedly committed during his concert on August 18, 2019, at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion.
According to Anthony Bean Burpee, chief of the police in Gilford, New Hampshire, a local attorney for Manson just reached out to the prosecutor, for the first time since the arrest warrant got issued over 1.5 years ago.
No sexual nature
The police chief added it remained unclear whether the scandalous rock star was in fact going to surrender to the authorities.
According to the police report, a videographer filming Manson’s concert was assaulted by the singer while she was in the area of the stage pit.
The police made it clear that the alleged assault was not of sexual nature.
Burpee explained that the videographer reported the alleged assault the day after the concert.
However, the investigation into the rock star’s wrongdoing was not completed for another several months.
Last month, the police chief announced that the singer, his legal team, and his agent were made aware of the warrant quite a while ago but have made no effort in response to the pending charges.
However, Manson’s attorney Howard E. King put out a statement disputing Burpee’s comments, and described the charges against the rock star as “ludicrous”.
1 year of prison and a $2,000 fine
King stated that Manson gets highly provocative while performing, especially when he is being filmed.
The lawyer added the misdemeanor claim was only pursued after the videographer sent Manson a demand for more than $35,000 since “a small amount” of the singer’s spit landed on her arm.
A person who attended the same concert in New Hampshire in 2019 told WMUR News that they witnessed Manson “spitting on the camera” numerous times.
According to the Gilford, New Hampshire police chief, if Manson surrenders to law enforcement in the upcoming weeks, his first court appearance in the state will likely be set for mid-August.
The misdemeanor charges that Manson faces carry a maximum prison term of one year and up to $2,000 in fine.
Manson has been accused of sexual and physical abuse numerous times and has denied the accusations.
His record label dropped him in February 2021 after his former fiancée, actress Evan Rachel Wood, as well as other women came out with serious accusations.
Additionally, the LA County Sheriff’s Department announced the start of investigation for domestic violence allegations for 2009-2011 when the singer lived in West Hollywood.