Manson Pleads Not Guilty To Sexual Assault On Security Guard

Shock rocker leaves courtroom on $25,000 personal bond, is due back before judge November 9.

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 (born 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").