Officials in New Hampshire said Tuesday that police
have issued an arrest warrant for musician Marilyn Manson
in connection with an assault on a videographer at a 2019 concert.
Manson, real name Brian Warner, is wanted on two counts of misdemeanor simple assault in connection with an incident at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, about 100 miles north of Boston
Manson was performing at the show on August 18, 2019, when the alleged assaults occurred, according to Gilford Police Chief Anthony J. Bean Burpee, and the videographer was in the "stage pit area" when Manson allegedly assaulted them, according to police.
The arrest warrant was issued on Oct. 8, 2019, but police decided to make it public now in order to “move forward” with the case in light of the numerous recent sexual assault
and abuse allegations against the rocker, according to Burpee.
“Mr. Warner, his agent, and legal counsel have been aware of the warrant for some time, and no effort has been made by him to return to New Hampshire to answer the pending charges,” the Gilford Police Department said in a Facebook
The charges against Manson are “not sexual in nature
,” according to Gilford police. Each of the simple assault charges carries a maximum jail sentence of one year and a fine of $2,000.
In an email to the Times, Manson's lawyer, Howard King, described the charges as "ludicrous."
“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. “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, and after we asked for evidence of any alleged damages, we never received any,” King said.
Gilford police did not respond immediately to Stardia's request for comment, and the department declined to provide the Times with a copy of the incident reports, citing the ongoing investigation
The charges are the latest in a string of sexual assault, domestic abuse, and psychological torture allegations leveled against Manson. At least ten other women, including actress Esmé Bianco, have accused Manson of abuse or harassment.
Separate lawsuits accusing Manson of sexual abuse have been filed in recent months by Bianco and Ashley Walters, one of Manson's former personal assistants.
In February, Manson issued a lengthy statement denying any allegations of abuse and claiming that his "intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual."
“Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality,” Manson wrote at the time, adding, “Regardless of how — and why — others now choose to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”