Marilyn Manson’s lawyer claims videographer consented to be exposed to bodily fluids
Marilyn Manson’s lawyer argued that a videographer who accused the musician of spitting and blowing his nose during a concert had consented to be exposed to bodily fluids during a recent court hearing.
Manson, whose legal name is Brian Warner, is charged with two counts of common assault resulting from the meeting at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford on August 19, 2019.
According to police, Manson approached videographer Susan Fountain in the booth area of the stage, put her face close to her camera and spat on it. He is also accused of blowing his nose on his arm and hands.
In court documents released Tuesday, Manson’s attorney Kent Barker says the type of filming Fountain was doing generally exposes videographers to “accidental contact” with bodily fluids.
Representatives for Fountain did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
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“The accused’s performances over the past twenty years are well known to include shocking and evocative antics similar to what has occurred here,” Barker wrote. “The alleged victim has consented to be exposed to potential contact with nearby sweat, saliva and phlegm.”
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Barker also said Manson plans to argue that any contact related to spitting or sneezing was unintentional.
Manson has pleaded not guilty to the charges, each of which could carry a jail term of less than a year and a fine of $ 2,000 if convicted.
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Manson also faces unrelated abuse charges.
Actress Evan Rachel Wood accused Manson of physical and sexual abuse in February. His accusations prompted several women to bring similar charges against the musician.
Manson has denied all allegations of abuse.
The videographer did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.