Marilyn Manson Aware of Arrest Warrant, Has Made No Effort to Answer, Police Say

Marilyn Manson is aware there is an active arrest warrant against him in New Hampshire, police have said.

The singer, whose given name is Brian Warner, is wanted on two counts of misdemeanor assault after an alleged incident involving a videographer during a concert at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion on August 18, 2019.

The 52-year-old's legal team has described the claims as "ludicrous."

Gilford Police Department in New Hampshire said the videographer had been hired to film the Manson concert and was in the stage pit area when the alleged assaults took place.

"The Gilford Police Department has an active arrest warrant for Brian Hugh Warner (aka: Marilyn Manson) for two counts of Class A misdemeanor Simple Assault stemming from a 2019 incident at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion," a police statement reads.

"The alleged assaults involved a videographer. 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."

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Marilyn Manson performs at the Louder Than Life Music Festival at Highland Festival Grounds in Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville on September 29, 2019. Stephen J. Cohen/Getty Images

A Class A misdemeanor in New Hampshire can carry a possible jail sentence of less than one year and a fine of up to $2,000. The police statement says "the issuance of an arrest warrant is not a presumption of guilt."

The authorities have also clarified that 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."

Newsweek has reached out to Manson's legal team for comment.

The singer's lawyer, Howard King, told NME they were working with the authorities despite finding the claim "ludicrous."

King said: "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. 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 news follows serious allegations made against Manson by a number of his previous partners, including actresses Evan Rachel Wood and Esme Bianco. He has denied the allegations.

Manson was dropped by his record label in February after Westworld actress Wood claimed that the singer had "horrifically abused" her during their relationship.