Charges Reduced Against Manson

A Clarkston, Mich., judge has reduced a charge against Marilyn Manson (real name: Brian Warner) from criminal sexual conduct to disorderly conduct in connection with a July concert. Manson was...

A Clarkston, Mich., judge has reduced a charge against Marilyn Manson (real name: Brian Warner) from criminal sexual conduct to disorderly conduct in connection with a July concert. Manson was charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and assault and battery after allegations that he assaulted a security guard.

District Judge Gerald McNally reduced the charge from a felony punishable by up to two years in prison to a misdemeanor that carries a maximum of 90 days in jail, The Oakland (Mich.) Press reported Saturday. The misdemeanor count of assault and battery remains. In September, Manson pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Manson is accused of gyrating against the neck and head of the guard during the July 30 show at Clarkston's DTE Energy Theater. He appeared before the judge Friday in Clarkston District Court.

Assistant prosecutor Kenneth Frazee said he would review transcripts of the hearing and consult with his supervisors to see whether the decision should be appealed. "I was surprised by the judge's decision," Frazee said. "A man can be sexually assaulted just as easily as a woman and it's every bit the crime."

McNally reduced the charge after four hours of testimony. The guard testified he was shocked as Manson locked his head with his thighs and rocked back and forth, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Defense attorney Walter Piszczatowski argued that although the act was "in poor taste," it was not a criminal sexual assault.


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