(3/18/02, 10 a.m. ET) - Today's scheduled Marilyn Manson hearing in Clarkston, Michigan, has been adjourned to March 27 at 1 p.m. ET. No reason was given for the change.
The shock-rocker was set to appear before 52nd District Court Judge Gerald E. McNally on charges stemming from a July 30, 2001, OzzFest performance at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, during which security guard Josh Keisler alleged that Manson rubbed his genitals on the guard's neck and body.
The original charge of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct was reduced to misdemeanor disorderly conduct, while the assault-and-battery charge was reduced to a misdemeanor and carried over by Judge McNally at a hearing in December. The two charges carry fines of $2,000 and no jail time, and Manson remains free on a personal bond.
The 26-year-old Keisler testified at length that he was "completely shocked...nauseated, and repulsed" when Manson "completely engulfed" Keisler's head "in his groin area, thighs, and pelvic bone." McNally agreed with defense contentions that Manson's actions were for performance and not for sexual arousal.
At the December hearing, Manson attorney Walter Piszczatowski turned over a video from the show, shot from the soundboard, which he said "makes pretty clear...there was no sexual act." He told LAUNCH he hoped to strike a plea bargain with the prosecution.