Marilyn Manson Cited For Public Indecency In Italy

Singer's onstage outfits led to charges, spokesperson says.

Revealing statue of David? Fine. Revealing outfit on Marilyn Manson? Face a fine.

Italian officials hit the shock rocker with two public indecency charges this week, both involving his onstage getups, according to an Interscope Records spokesperson.

About 20 police officers surrounded and briefly detained Manson on Monday night after his namesake band finished performing at the Palaghiaccio in Rome, the 10th stop on the European leg of the Guns, God and Government world tour. No court date had been set at press time.

The following night at Pala Malaguti in Bologna, Italy, authorities charged Manson with a separate count of public indecency stemming from a June 20, 1999, performance at the Imola Heineken Jammin' Festival in Imola, Italy.

The Interscope spokesperson said he did not know what authorities specifically cited as indecent about Manson's appearance but said both outfits were among the singer's signature costumes. Manson has been known to sport skimpy clothing onstage, including outfits that show his bare buttocks.

Authorities in Rome and Bologna could not be reached at press time.

Manson's legal troubles have not resulted in the cancellation of any shows on the sold-out European leg of the tour, which resumes on Thursday in Zurich, Switzerland.