Manson Pleads No Contest To Charges
Marilyn Manson, who was charged with sexual misconduct for allegedly gyrating against a security guard at a Michigan concert, pleaded no contest today (June 19) to charges of being a disorderly personMarilyn Manson, who was charged with sexual misconduct for allegedly gyrating against a security guard at a Michigan concert, pleaded no contest today (June 19) to charges of being a disorderly person and assault and battery. Clarkston District Judge Gerald McNally ordered Manson (real name: Brian Warner) to pay fines and costs totaling $4,000. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt.
The guard was working on the stage during Manson's July 30, 2001, performance at Clarkston's DTE Energy Music Theatre when Manson allegedly rubbed his genitals against his neck. Manson is also being sued by another security guard who accused the rocker of similar behavior during an October 2000 concert in Minneapolis.
At today's 15-minute hearing, Manson, known for his ghastly, cadaverous look and macabre lyrics, sat silently. He wore a black suit, without his trademark makeup or piercings. Afterward, he signed autographs for several fans outside the courtroom.
In December, the charges were reduced from fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct to disorderly conduct -- punishable by up to 90 days in jail. The case was tied up for a brief period earlier this year when prosecutors attempted to have Judge McNally disqualified from the case.
Marilyn Manson is in the midst of working on a new album, "The Golden Age of Grotesque," which is expected later this year. As previously reported, Manson's longtime bassist Twiggy Ramirez has exited the band, and will be replaced by bassist Tim Skold, formerly of industrial rock outfit KMFDM. Manson has also contributed a cover of "The KKK Took My Baby Away" to a forthcoming Ramones tribute album.
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