The controversial American rock singer Marilyn Manson was fined 20 hours of community service and $1,400 (about R26,532) on Monday after he blew his nose on a videographer during one of his concerts in 2019.
Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, was summoned on Monday to appear in person for this trial in Laconia, New Hampshire in the US, where he stood trial on two counts of assault.
He is accused by videographer Susan Fountain of blowing his nose and spitting on her during his concert at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion on August 19, 2019.
RNews earlier reported that the singer surrendered himself to the police in Los Angeles in July 2019 after a warrant for his arrest had already been issued in 2019.
He was released shortly after on the condition that he attend all court appearances and have no contact with the alleged victim.
The BBC reports that the police investigator, who reviewed footage of the event, said Manson could be seen holding his face close to the camera held by Fountain and spitting a “large amount of snot” at her.
A moment later he returned, knelt in front of her and placed his hand over one nostril before pouring a “considerable amount of mucus” on her.
The police report adds that the camera shows Manson “laughing at Fountain as she dismounted and walked away.”
In a statement read out in court, Fountain said she had never been treated so badly or humiliated by anyone before.
“For him to spit on me and blow his nose on me was the most disgusting thing anyone has ever done.”
Manson has been accused of sexual assault by several of his girlfriends in the past, including his ex-girlfriend, actress Evan Rachel Wood.
In the 2022 documentary, Wood Phoenix Risingclaims that she was “essentially raped on camera” during the filming of Manson’s music video for the song, “Heart-Shaped Glasses”.
Manson unsuccessfully tried to sue Wood for defamation.
Sources: BBC, Daily Mail.