Marilyn Manson has been sentenced to 20 hours of community service and a fine after failing to challenge the charge of blowing his nose on a videographer during a 2019 concert.
The 54-year-old infamous rocker wanted to appear via video at the prosecution hearing, but the judge obliged him to be present in the courtroom in the city of Plovdiv. Laconia, New Hampshire.
On Monday, Manson walked through the court's main entrance, wearing a suit, from head to toe in black, and wearing dark sunglasses. He introduced himself in court under his real name, Brian Warner, speaking calmly and quietly.
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Manson was charged with two counts of assault in his collision with the videographer during a concert in Guilford on Aug. 19, 2019.
The singer did not dispute only the accusation of nose testing in the framework of a fully negotiated agreement with the prosecutor's office. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the other accusation that he spat at the videographer.
Under Manson's settlement, a fine of slightly more than $1400,200 was imposed, <> of which was deferred. He undertook to avoid further arrests and to notify local police of all his performances in New Hampshire over the next two years.
The judge, who called Manson's actions "appalling," agreed to allow Manson community service in California. Manson told reporters he could choose to work with people undergoing rehabilitation. By February 4, he must provide evidence of community service.
According to the police statement, Manson approached videographer Susan Fountain in the area in front of the stage, brought his face closer to her camera and spat at her with "big sputum." The saliva fell on both hands. He then approached her again, knelt down, and covered one of his nostril with his finger before clearing the other on her arms and palms.
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Manson "blew a significant amount of goo down Fountain," according to a written statement from a police sergeant who reviewed video footage of the concert. "The camera perspective then changes and you see Manson pointing and laughing at Fountain," the police statement said.
Videographer Fountain was not present in court, but presented a statement that was read aloud.
"I'm a professional and I've been in this industry for 30 years. "I've worked for a lot of companies, and in all the years I've worked with people, I've never been humiliated or treated the way this defendant treated me." "That he spat at me and blew his nose on me was the most disgusting thing a man has ever done," she complained.
"I understand that, in principle, this is not a major charge, but I was hoping that the defendant would receive a verdict that would make him think twice before doing something like this again," the statement said.