Marilyn Manson has entered a plead of not guilty in the assault charges laid against him in New Hampshire.
The charges stem from an incident which took place on August 18th, 2019 during a show that Manson was doing in Gilford, NH. During that performance Manson was seen to have spit on the camera of a videographer who was hired by the venue to film the concert. The cameraperson filming decided to file assault charges after allegedly being hit by some of Manson‘s spit.
Authorities in Gilford, NH issued an arrest warrant for the shock rocker in relation to the incident back in October of 2019, though it was only this past July when he turned himself into police. According to Deadline, Manson has now issued a plea of not guilty in a New Hampshire district court via his legal team. The next hearing on the matter will be held this December.
According to the affidavit, Manson approached the videographer, whose company was contracted by the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion for the concert season the first time, put his face close to the camera and spat a “big lougee” at her. She was struck on both hands with saliva. The shock rocker allegedly returned a second time, covering one side of his nostril and blowing in the videographer’s direction.
In a statement, Manson’s attorney Howard King said: “It is no secret to anyone who has attended a Marilyn Manson concert that he likes to be provocative on stage, especially in front of a camera. This misdemeanor claim was pursued after we received a demand from a venue videographer for more than $35,000 after a small amount of spit came into contact with their arm. After we asked for evidence of any alleged damages, we never received a reply. This whole claim is ludicrous, but we remain committed to cooperating with authorities, as we have done throughout.”
Meanwhile, three different concert goers, including a security guard, told People that they saw Manson spit and “shoot his snot” directly toward the camerawoman.
“He was spitting everywhere and one time it got on her camera so she wiped it off and looked semi-irritated. He noticed this and kept purposely spitting on her camera,” one attendee said. “I think her final straw is he got on the floor, got within 2-3 feet of her and hacked a giant snot rocket at her not the camera. She was pissed off and disgusted so she stormed off and he just laughed.”
“I stopped listening to his music after that and told my husband I would never go to another one of his concerts again,” she added.
A second attendee concurred, saying that he “bent down to shoot his snot all over this woman. I can remember him just laughing about what he did.”
“I was right there when it happened, she was beyond furious when he did that to her,” a third man, who works as a security guard at the venue, said. “He spit on her a couple of times and then leaned real close to the camera and blew a huge snot rocket on her. After he did that, she almost threw her camera right down on the ground.”