Embattled shock rocker Marilyn Manson is wanted by authorities in the state of New Hampshire over an alleged snot/spit-hocking incident that took place at one of his concerts back in 2019.
The Gilford Police Department announced Tuesday night that it had an active arrest warrant for the 52-year-old musician (born Brian Warner) for two counts of misdemeanor simple assault against a camerawoman who was hired to film the concert, which took place at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion on August 18, 2019.
A misdemeanor simple assault conviction can carry a jail sentence of one year and a $2,000 fine, according to the police department.
"Mr. Warner, his agent and legal counsel have been aware of the warrant for some time and no effort has been made by him to return to New Hampshire to answer the pending charges," read the statement from GPD. "The videographer had been subcontracted by a NH-based company to video the concert, and had been located in the stage pit area when the alleged assaults occurred."
Manson's attorney, Howard King, however, told People that the misdemeanor claim was only pursued after the alleged victim asked for more than $35,000 to cover the alleged damages.
"It is no secret to anyone who has attended a Marilyn Manson concert that he likes to be provocative on stage, especially in front of a camera," King said. "This misdemeanor claim was pursued after we received a demand from a venue videographer for more than $35,000 after a small amount of spit came into contact with their arm. After we asked for evidence of any alleged damages, we never received a reply."
"This whole claim is ludicrous, but we remain committed to cooperating with authorities, as we have done throughout, he added.
Though a video of Manson spitting directly into a camera lens – which was then projected onto the jumbo screen behind him – has started to make its rounds on the internet, three concert attendees – including a security guard for the venue – claim there is more to the story and that they saw the rocker actually spit and "shoot his snot" at the videographer.
"He was spitting everywhere and one time it got on her camera so she wiped it off and looked semi-irritated. He noticed this and kept purposely spitting on her camera," one of the concertgoers told People. "I think her final straw is he got on the floor, got within 2-3 feet of her and hacked a giant snot rocket at her not the camera. She was pissed off and disgusted so she stormed off and he just laughed."
"I stopped listening to his music after that and told my husband I would never go to another one of his concerts again," added the witness.
The second attendee's recollection was eerily similar, as they said Manson "bent down to shoot his snot all over this woman. I can remember him just laughing about what he did."
"I was right there when it happened, she was beyond furious when he did that to her," wrote the third witness – the then-security guard – on Facebook. "He spit on her a couple of times and then leaned real close to the camera and blew a huge snot rocket on her. After he did that, she almost threw her camera right down on the ground."
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What's most interesting about the GPD's statement is its last line:
"The alleged assaults are not sexual in nature as has been asked by several other media outlets due to a number of other allegations made against Mr. Warner."
Indeed, more than a dozen women have accused Manson of sexual, physical and psychological abuse in the last several months.
The most recent claims were made by his former assistant, Ashley Walters, via a lawsuit obtained by RadarOnline.com.
In the filing, Walters alleged that Manson would regularly express threatening behavior toward her during his "drug induced fits of rage."
The lawsuit pointed to one alleged incident in particular, during which "he threw dishes at Walters, threatened to commit suicide and even pushed her into a wall."
Manson allegedly told Walters that "he had gotten away with raping women" and often admitted that "he wanted to kill women he was involved with."
According to Walters, on more than one occasion, she snuck drinks and food into a bedroom for actresses Esmé Bianco and Evan Rachel Wood – both of whom dated the rocker and have come forward with shocking allegations of their own – because they were too scared to leave the room.
Walters claimed she witnessed Manson "throw a prop skull so hard at Wood that it left a large raised welt in her stomach."
Per the filing, the musician allegedly required his then-assistant to stand for "12 hours straight on a chair while taking pictures of him" and that he "fed her cocaine to force her to stay awake."
Walters stated that Manson would encourage his friends to grope her and that he "physically and verbally threatened her" before terminating her employment in October 2011.
The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is reportedly investigating abuse allegations made by multiple women against the rocker.