Marilyn Manson has been sentenced in court after he pleaded no contest to spitting on and blowing his nose on a videographer during one of his concerts in New Hampshire.
The gothic rock star, whose real name is Brian Hugh Warner, was fined and sentenced to 20 hours of community service for the incident that happened in 2019 at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford on August 19.
The 54-year-old had requested to appear via video for his court hearing on the misdemeanor charge, but the judge deemed it essential that he physically attend the court in Laconia. Manson wore an all-black suit and dark sunglasses and only spoke to the judge twice; once to acknowledge his name and once to indicate he understood the sentence.
Police in New Hampshire investigating the incident said that Manson put his face close to photographer Susan Fountain’s camera and spat a “big lougee” at her which landed on both hands.
Manson then returned just moments later when he kneeled over Fountain, closed one of his nostrils by placing his hand on it, and then launched a “significant amount of mucus” onto the camerawoman’s arms and hands.
The police report also notes that camera footage shows Manson “point and laugh at Fountain as she gets down and walks away.”
“I’ve never been humiliated or treated like I was by this defendant,” Fountain said while reading out a statement in court. “For him to spit on me and blow his nose on me was the most disgusting thing a human being has ever done.”
As well as the 20 hours of community service, Manson must also make New Hampshire police aware of any concerts he has planned in the state for the next two years. Manson must carry out his community service by no later than February 4, 2024.
The singer, whose hits include The Beautiful People and Tainted Love, was also fined $1,400 — $200 of which is suspended. The judge will allow Manson to carry out his community service in California. He later told reporters outside of court that he plans to work with “people in recovery” as part of his service.
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