Marilyn Manson Civil Trial Starts
Wearing a black suit and gray tie, Marilyn Manson listened in a St. Paul, Minn., federal court as jury selection began Tuesday in a civil lawsuit filed by a concert security guard.Wearing a black suit and gray tie, Marilyn Manson listened in a St. Paul, Minn., federal court as jury selection began Tuesday in a civil lawsuit filed by a concert security guard. David M. Diaz, of Anoka County, claims that Manson grabbed his head, held it against his hips and "proceeded to gyrate his hips" at an October 2000 concert at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.
Diaz said he asked the 34-year-old Manson to stop but he didn't. Diaz said he was humiliated, degraded and "endured ridicule and shame." He's seeking more than $75,000 for emotional distress and other injuries.
Lawyers for Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, concede that the contact occurred but contend it was not offensive, did not embarrass him and did not amount to civil battery or warrant any damages.
During the questioning of potential jurors, Manson, his jet-black hair neatly combed and parted, peered through wire-rimmed glasses and paged through legal papers. He stood and offered a polite "hi" when introduced to the jury pool.
Last year, Manson pleaded no contest in Michigan to being a disorderly person and assault and battery after allegedly gyrating against another security guard at a July 2001 concert. He was ordered to pay fines and costs totaling $4,000.
The artist begins a month's worth of international dates Sept. 13 in Brisbane, Australia. A North American tour kicks off Oct. 10 in Los Angeles.
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