New Hampshire state police have issued a warrant for the arrest of singer Marilyn Manson for assault in connection with an incident with a female TV reporter at a concert in August 2019.
Police indicated Tuesday that the warrant has been in effect since October 2019, but noted that despite repeated notices to Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, the singer has not returned to the state to face charges for two misdemeanors.
The police notice posted on Facebook remarked that the issuance of that warrant is not “a presumption of guilt” and that the charges are not “for sexually related offenses,” given that Marilyn Manson has faced several allegations in that regard recently.
The charges could each carry a $2,000 fine and up to a year in jail.
For his part, the musician’s lawyer, Howard King, said in a statement sent to People magazine that it is no “secret” that “Manson likes to be provocative on stage.”
Manson, 52, is one of the biggest stars of metal and the most sinister side of rock in recent decades, with hits such as “Sweet Dreams” and “The Beautiful People”.
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According to King, the charge against Manson was filed as a result of the lawsuit filed by a cameraman for receiving a spit on her arm from the singer. They asked for “proof of damages” and “never” got an answer, he added.
For the lawyer, the whole lawsuit is “absurd”, but he added that “they will cooperate” with the authorities.
Manson faces accusations of sexual abuse by actress Evan Rachel Wood, who was his partner for a time, and by four other women.
The singer denied these accusations as “horrible distortions of reality” and also maintained that all his intimate relationships were “consensual”.