The star's criminal sexual conduct charge is lessened to misdemeanour at a pre-trial hearing...

Marilyn Manson has had a criminal sexual conduct charge reduced to a lesser misdemeanour, following a preliminary US court hearing.

Marilyn Manson was facing two charges, one being a felony of criminal sexual conduct. Both followed an allegation by security guard Joshua Keasler that the goth-rocker rubbed his crotch against his head at a show at the Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theatre in July last year.

MTV news reports that a hearing at the Oakland County District Court took place last Friday (December 28). Judge Gerald E McNally heard from a witness and the alleged victim, before he lessened the charge to a misdemeanour of disorderly conduct.

Marilyn Manson, who was present in court but did not speak, is also facing an assault charge in relation to the incident, also a misdemeanour.

A pre-trial date has now been confirmed for March 18.