The Gilford Police Department in New Hampshire has issued an arrest warrant for Marilyn Manson over two counts of Class A misdemeanor Simple Assault.
According to a Facebook post by the Gilford PD, the warrant stems from an alleged incident that took place during Manson’s 2019 show at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion involving a videographer who was filming the rocker, born Brian Warner, in the “stage pit area when the alleged assaults occurred.”
“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,” the post reads.
In a statement to Pitchfork, Warner’s lawyer, Howard King, says, “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.”
“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,” the statement reads. “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.”
The arrest warrant comes after several women have come forward with allegations that Warner had sexually assaulted and abused them, including his ex, Evan Rachel Wood, who wrote that he had “horrifically abused [her] for years.” Another ex, Esmé Bianco, as well as his former assistant, Ashley Walters, have filed lawsuits against Warner.
In response to Wood’s statement, Warner denied the allegations as “horrible distortions of reality.”
The LA Country Sheriff’s opened an investigation into the allegations against Manson in February.
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