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Jury Meets Again in Marilyn Manson Case

September 6, 2003

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Jurors in the civil trial of shock rocker Marilyn Manson, who is accused of committing battery during a concert, deliberated for a second day Friday before adjourning for the weekend.

A security guard is suing Manson for an incident at Minneapolis’ Historic Orpheum Theater in October 2000, when Manson crouched at the end of the stage, pulled the guard’s head back toward his crotch and gyrated.

Lawyers for David Diaz, who is seeking more than $75,000, said during closing arguments that publicity from the event has been humiliating.

Defense lawyer Bert Deixler said the incident was just part of the show by Manson, known for his cadaverous look and macabre lyrics, and didn’t harm Diaz or anyone else.

Manson’s counsel also used testimony from several of Diaz’s friends to argue that the case didn’t gain Diaz notoriety until he filed the lawsuit.

Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, sat mostly without reaction through the trial, which began Tuesday.

Deliberations were to resume Monday.

In June 2002, Manson pleaded no contest to being a disorderly person and assault and battery in a similar case stemming from a concert in Clarkston, Mich.

That case, too, involved a guard who alleged Manson made improper contact with him. Manson was ordered to pay fines and costs totaling $4,000.

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