2021 has been an eventful year for shock rocker Marilyn Manson, and not in a good way. In February, actress Evan Rachel Wood revealed Manson to be her abuser, prompting a long list of women and personal contacts to come forward with their own stories of abuse and harassment at the rock star’s hands. Manson was dropped by his label soon after, and earlier this month was sued by his former assistant for sexual assault and harassment. Now, a warrant for Manson’s arrest has been issued in New Hampshire — though for a very different kind of crime.
Marilyn Manson has been charged with two counts of simple assault for allegedly spitting on a videographer at an August 18th, 2019 concert at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion. Video obtained by TMZ, which can be seen below, show the incident, in which Manson spits on a cameraperson looped into the Pavilion’s in-venue feed. The person holding the camera says some saliva got on them, prompting them to press charges.
The Gilford Police Department, meanwhile, posted a Facebook update with the following information regarding the warrant:
“The Gilford Police Department has an active arrest warrant for Brian Hugh Warner (aka: Marilyn Manson) for two counts of Class A misdemeanor Simple Assault stemming from a 2019 incident at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion. The alleged assaults involved a videographer. Mr. Warner, his agent and legal counsel have been aware of the warrant for some time and no effort has been made by him to return to New Hampshire to answer the pending charges.
• Mr. Warner had been performing a concert at the Bank of NH Pavilion on August 18, 2019, when the alleged simple assaults occurred.
• The issuance of an arrest warrant is not a presumption of guilt.
• The videographer had been subcontracted by a NH based company to video the concert, and had been located in the stage pit area when the alleged assaults occurred.
• A Class A misdemeanor in NH can carry a possible jail sentence of less than one year and a fine of $2,000.00 or less.
• The alleged assaults are not sexual in nature as has been asked by several other media outlets due to a number of other allegations made against Mr. Warner.”
The charges carry a potential punishment of a $4,000 fine and two years in prison.
More on this story as it unfolds.
Words by Chris Krovatin