Manson Sex Assault Charge Dropped

Shock rocker still faces assault and battery charge

December 28, 2001 12:00 AM ET

After listening to more than three hours of testimony on December 28th, Judge Gerald E. McNally of the 52nd District Court in Clarkston, Michigan, reduced criminal sexual assault charges against Marilyn Manson to disorderly conduct.

Manson, who was also charged with assault and battery, is subject to $2,000 in fines for each of the two charges. He has thirty days to enter a plea.

The charges against Manson stem from an incident this past July when the shock rocker allegedly grabbed twenty-six-year-old Joshua Keisler, a security guard, by the chin and rubbed his genitalia against his head. The incident occurred during Manson's Ozzfest performance at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan, on July 30th and resulted in fourth degree sexual assault and assault and battery charges for Manson. Keisler and a second security guard, Josh Paris testified in court.

"I'm not completely happy, but I'm happier than I was when I got here," Manson said. "But I still think this is unfair. I don't take anything like this lightly."

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