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Sep. 22nd, 2001 | 09:45 am
posted by: immorak in loud

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Marilyn Manson pleaded not guilty Friday (September 21) in an arraignment hearing for accusations of sexual assault that stem from his allegedly rubbing his crotch on a venue security guard's head during an Ozzfest performance in July.

Manson (real name: Brian Warner) appeared in a Clarkston, Michigan, courtroom with his attorney, who entered the not-guilty plea, according to a court spokesperson. The controversial performer was arraigned on two counts: felony fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, defined in the court complaint as engaging in sexual contact with another person using force or coercion; and misdemeanor assault and battery.

Manson left the courtroom on a $25,000 personal bond. He's due back before the judge on November 9 for a preliminary examination of the charges, the spokesperson said.

An arraignment hearing is the defendant's first appearance before a judge, when the charges are formally presented and he or she has the opportunity to enter a plea or ask for a continuance (postponement) to plead.

On July 30 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, near Detroit, Manson allegedly approached 25-year-old security guard Joshua Keasler, who was standing on the floor between the elevated stage and the crowd. Keasler claims the G-string-clad rocker first spit on his head, then proceeded to rub his genital area over the guard's head and neck, according to a statement from the Oakland County prosecutor's office (see "Marilyn Manson Accused Of Rubbing Crotch On Man's Head").

�Joe D'Angelo (mtv.com)

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