MARILYN MANSON CLEARED OF ASSAULT

The star was alleged to have rubbed his crotch in a security guard's face...

MARILYN MANSON has been cleared of assault charges following claims that he rubbed his crotch against a security guard’s head during a MINNEAPOLIS concert three years ago.

David M Diaz filed the civil suit against Manson, saying that the experience caused his emotional distress, mental anguish and humiliation and was seeking £75,000 in damages. However, the jury agreed that the incident was part of Manson‘s stage show and was ‘neither offensive or harmful’.

After the trial in St. Paul, Minnesota yesterday (September 8), Manson said: “The path to truth is obscured by frivolous lawsuits, but it’s lit by the objectivity of a jury that sees the difference between entertainment and assault.”

According to Reuters, he added: “I feel completely vindicated and I’d like to thank the jury and judge for their thoughtful verdict.”

The US District Court jury discussed the verdict for three days before returning to the courtroom.

The incident took place at the Minneapolis Orpeum Theater in October 2000 when Manson grabbed Diaz’s head, held it against his hips and began gyrating.

Manson‘s touring company, Jimmy’s Touring Inc., was also cleared of civil liability.

The self-proclaimed ‘God of Fuck’ faced a similar charge in July 2001 after another incident involving a security guard.

The initial fourth degree criminal sexual misconduct and misdemeanour assault and battery charges were reduced to a misdemeanour, and Manson pleaded no contest with $4,000 fine.