Marilyn Manson Hit with Harsh Fine & Duty Over Shocking 2019 Scandal

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Sep 19, 2023

Posted By Tracy Fuller

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A Look into the High-Profile Case: Why Manson’s Shock Rock Antics Didn’t Impress the Court

In a highly publicized case that’s kept fans and critics alike on the edge of their seats, rock artist Marilyn Manson has been slapped with a $1,200 fine and mandated to complete 20 hours of community service. The sentence comes in response to a 2019 incident at a Gilford, NH concert involving a videographer.

The Incident that Sparked Debate

The eyebrow-raising episode occurred on August 19, 2019, at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion. Reports detail how Manson spat on the videographer and allegedly blew his nose on her throughout the show. Charged with two counts of misdemeanor simple assault, the case ignited a firestorm of opinions about what is and isn’t acceptable behavior during live performances.

Legal Arguments and Court’s Decision

In an attempt to defend Manson, his legal team in 2021 argued that the artist’s provocative on-stage antics were all part of the show—a show the videographer willingly attended. They claimed:

“The defendant’s performances for the past twenty years are well-known to include shocking and evocative antics similar to those that occurred here. The alleged victim consented to exposing herself to potential contact with sweat, saliva, and phlegm in close quarters.”

The court, however, was not persuaded by this argument. Manson ultimately accepted a plea deal, pleading no contest to one of the two charges, leading to the second charge being dropped. A plea of “no contest” essentially means that the defendant neither admits guilt nor contests the charges.

Victim’s Impact Statement Sends a Strong Message

WMUR reported that a victim’s advocate read a powerful victim-impact statement during the case, stating:

I’ve been a professional in this industry for 30 years. In all those years and with all the companies I’ve worked for, never have I been as humiliated or treated as poorly as by this defendant. His actions were the most disgusting thing a human being has ever done to me. While I understand this wasn’t a major criminal charge, I hoped the sentence would make him reconsider such actions in the future.”

This case has served as a stark reminder that even in the world of rock and roll, there are lines that shouldn’t be crossed. And it seems the court agrees.


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