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Civil Lawsuit Against Marilyn Manson Over Concert Spitting, Etc. Revived In Court


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A videographer hired to film Marilyn Manson‘s August 18th, 2019 concert at the Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH has successfully revived her civil lawsuit against the embattled shock rocker. That civil assault case was originally dismissed back in February of this year after plaintiff Susan Fountain failed to appear in court as the case was set to go to trial. That absence has since been chalked up to a clerical error by Fountain‘s lawyer Jennifer A. Clingo, who attributed the scheduling mix-up to being caused by a serious medical issue she was undergoing at the time.

Clingo has since filed an appeal for the dismissal, which has now been granted in a Los Angeles court. In 2021, Fountain brought that civil lawsuit against Manson, claiming assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Fountain was working as a videographer employed by the venue during the night of the concert. While broadcasting the performance to the screens playing behind the band, Manson was seen in the below footage to walk over and spit directly on the camera being operated by Fountain.

Fountain alleges that Manson later returned and “occluded one of his nostrils and expelled bodily fluids” onto her during that performance. Manson‘s bodily fluids were said to have made contact with her skin, leading to her seek medical testing for any diseases. Fountain alleges that Manson had announced he had ‘swine flu’ from the stage.

Per a report from Rolling Stone, Fountain‘s filing in part reads:

“Plaintiff not only suffered emotional distress from the offensive touching itself, but also from the fear and anxiety that she could have potentially contracted a communicable disease as a result of the exposure to defendant’s bodily fluids. She was forced to undergo medical testing immediately following the incident and several months later to ensure that she had not contracted a serious disease.”

On September 18th of this year, Manson accepted a plea deal in regards to these incidents, entering a no contest plea to a misdemeanor simple assault charge. That deal saw a separate charge dropped.

He was fined $1,4000 and sentenced to serve 20 hours of community service for the matter. It is not yet clear what potential damages Fountain is seeking with this civil lawsuit. Rolling Stone note that Manson was not present in court for this latest development, nor was his representation.

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