Marilyn Manson’s lawyer argued that the videographer, who accused the musician of spitting and sneezing on her during the concert, recently admitted to exposure to bodily fluids during a court hearing.
Manson’s legal name, Brian Warner, has been charged with two counts of misconduct following an encounter at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Guilford on August 19, 2019.
According to police, Manson approached videographer Susan Fountain in the pit area of the venue, placed her face close to her camera and spat on her. He is also accused of blowing his nose on her arms and hands.
Manson’s lawyer, Kent Barker, who made the public announcement Tuesday in court documents, argues that the Fountain shooting often exposes videographers to “casual contact” with bodily fluids.
Fountain representatives did not respond to LBL’ request for comment.
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“Defendant’s performance over the last twenty years includes such traumatic and provocative behavior as has occurred here,” Barker wrote. “The alleged victim admitted to exposing herself to possible contact with sweat, saliva and sputum.”
Barker said Manson plans to argue that any connection to spitting or sneezing is not intentional.
Manson pleaded guilty to the charges, each serving a sentence of less than one year in prison and a $ 2,000 fine.
Manson is also facing unrelated abuse charges.
Actress Evan Rachel Wood has been charged with physical and sexual assault of Manson in February. Her allegations prompted many women to make similar allegations against the musician.
Manson has denied all abuse allegations.
The videographer did not immediately respond to LBL’ request for comment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.