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Rocker Marilyn Manson charged with sexual assault

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Authorities say Manson was wearing only a G-string during the alleged assault.  


PONTIAC, Michigan (CNN) -- Shock rocker Marilyn Manson was charged Thursday with sexual assault on a security guard at one of his concerts, the Oakland County prosecutor's office said.

In a statement, prosecutor David Gorcyca said Manson -- whose real name is Brian Warner -- faces a felony charge of criminal sexual conduct and a misdemeanor charge of assault and battery stemming from a July 30 incident at a concert at the DTE Energy Music Theater in suburban Detroit.

The prosecutor's office said that during the performance, Manson -- dressed only in a G-string -- approached security guard Joshua Keasler from behind as Keasler stood guarding the stage with his back to the singer.

The statement said Manson spit on Keasler's head, then wrapped his legs around the security guard and "rubbed his genital area on Keasler's head and neck."

"These acts are sexual and physical assaults on an unsuspecting individual whose job was to protect the performers," Gorcyca said in the statement. "This disgusting display and conduct cannot go unrecognized, and for those reasons these charges were issued."

Manson, known for his ghoulish makeup and cross-dressing, is no stranger to controversy. One of his CDs was found with the belongings of Columbine High School shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, and critics have charged that Manson's lyrics inspired the April 20, 1999, massacre that left 14 students -- including Harris and Klebold themselves -- and a teacher dead.






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