In 2019, the rocker was charged with two misdemeanor counts of simple assault for spitting and blowing his nose on a camerawoman at a New Hampshire concert
Marilyn Manson blowing his nose on a camerawoman isn’t the most abhorrent act he’s been associated with, but it was enough for a New Hampshire judge to sentence him to 20 hours of community service and a $1,400 fine on Monday. The punishment stemmed from a 2019 incident when the rocker was charged with two misdemeanor counts of simple assault for spitting and blowing his nose on the videographer Susan Fountain at a concert.
The judge described Manson’s actions as “egregious” while saying Manson could complete his community service in California. In 2021, he initially pleaded not guilty to both charges. Prosecutors dismissed the spitting charge, and the musician, born Brian Warner, pleaded no contest to the nose-blowing. Through the negotiated plea agreement, he does not admit guilt but avoids going to trial, where each charge would have yielded jail time and a heftier fine.
“I understand this was not a big criminal charge to begin with, but I was hoping that the defendant would receive a sentence that would make him think twice before doing something like this again,” Fountain shared in a statement read in court on Monday. The videographer, who has a 30-year-long career, added: “In all the years I’ve worked with people, I’ve never been humiliated or treated the way I was by this defendant. For him to spit on me and blow his nose on me was the most disgusting thing a human being has ever done.”
At the 2019 concert, Manson allegedly approached Fountain in the pit area of the stage, where she was stationed while photographing. The police affidavit, according to Associated Press, stated that he then moved his face towards her camera and spit a “big lougee” on her hands before returning later to kneel in front of her and blow “a significant amount of mucous” on her arms and hands. Afterward, he reportedly pointed and laughed at Fountain as she walked away.
Manson is required to avoid being arrested and alert local police of any New Hampshire performances for the next two years.
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