After three days of deliberation, a federal court jury in St. Paul, Minn., has dismissed a civil suit brought by a security guard against Marilyn Manson after the shock rocker allegedly rubbed his crotch against the guard’s head during an October 2000 at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis.
In its decision on Monday, Reuters reports, the U.S. District Court jury sided with Manson’s position that his contact with guard David Diaz was part of the musician’s elaborate stage show and was “neither offensive nor harmful,” according to a spokeswoman for Manson’s label, Interscope/Geffen/A&M.
Diaz, claiming he was subjected to emotional distress, mental anguish and humiliation after Manson reputedly grabbed his head and gyrated his hips against it, filed his battery suit in December 2001 and sought $75,000 in damages.
As quoted by Reuters, Manson, 34 (real name: Brian Williams), 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. I feel completely vindicated and I’d like to thank the jury and judge for their thoughtful verdict.”
This was not Manson’s first lawsuit involving a security guard and a similar circumstance.
In July 2001, the rocker faced criminal charges of felony fourth-degree criminal sexual misconduct and misdemeanor assault and battery in connection with a similar incident involving another guard.
Last June, after the felony was reduced to a misdemeanor, Manson pleaded no contest and agreed to a $4,000 fine. The civil suit filed by the guard is still pending.