Marilyn Manson's lawyer: Accuser consented to bodily fluids
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A videographer accusing Marilyn Manson of spat on her and blown her nose during a concert in New Hampshire agreed to exposure to body fluids, according to an attorney for the music artist.
Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, is charged with two simple assaults in their encounter at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford on August 19, 2019.
According to police, Manson approached videographer Susan Fountain in the stage pit area of the venue, held his face close to her camera, and spat at her. He is also accused of blowing his nose on her arms and hands.
In court documents released Tuesday, Manson's attorney Kent Barker argued that the type of filming Fountain made often exposed videographers to "incidental contact" with body fluids.
"The defendant's performance over the past twenty years is known to contain shocking and conjuring antics, similar to what has occurred here," wrote Barker. "The alleged victim has agreed to possible close contact with sweat, saliva and phlegm."
Barker also said Manson plans to argue that any spit-related or sneeze-related contact was unintentional.
Manson has pleaded not guilty to charges, which, if convicted, could result in a prison term of less than a year and a fine of $ 2,000.
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