August 20, 2001 02:18 PM

Marilyn Manson’s British fans can rest assured: despite being charged in the U.S. with sexually assaulting a male security guard at a recent show, the shock rocker will play in England later this month, reports Reuters. Manson’s official Web site says his band has been given the green light to play their scheduled dates in Leeds, Glasgow and Reading on August 24, 25 and 26 respectively. “This is nothing more than yet another attempt to run Marilyn Manson into the ground,” the official message board on Manson’s Web site quoted him as saying. “They’ve done it before and they are going to keep doing it until the day I die.” Manson, 32, whose real name is Brian Warner, allegedly stood behind a 25-year-old security guard and fondled himself during a July 30 concert at DTE Energy Theater in Clarkston, a Detroit suburb. Manson then spit on the guard, wrapped his legs around the man’s head and neck and gyrated against him, said prosecutor David Gorcyca. Gorcyca’s office issued a warrant Thursday for Manson, 32, which has been delayed until Gorcyca can get in touch with Manson or his representatives. In the meantime, investigators are interviewing possible witnesses. Manson is also scheduled to play in Slovenia, Germany and Ireland during his European tour.

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