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Marilyn Manson nose-blowing lawsuit reinstated after dismissal

A civil lawsuit filed against Marilyn Manson over a 2019 alleged nose-blowing incident has been reinstated after its prior dismissal.

According to legal documents obtained by Rolling Stone, Judge Anne Hwang ruled on Thursday that a civil lawsuit filed against the rocker in August 2021 and dismissed in February this year could be reinstated following an appeal.

Plaintiff Susan Fountain originally filed a complaint against Manson, real name Brian Warner, in a Los Angeles court for assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Fountain was working as a camera operator at Manson's Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion concert in Gilford, New Hampshire on 18 August 2019 when the singer "crouched down, leaned forward, and brought his face level with (her) camera lens" from his position on the stage to hers on a lower platform.

Manson then allegedly "expectorated sputum" onto the lens, causing "saliva to be sprayed on Ms. Fountain's right hand".

Later, Manson allegedly waged a "second bodily fluid attack" and "occluded one of his nostrils and expelled bodily fluids right onto Ms. Fountain".

In the New Hampshire criminal case, Manson pleaded no contest to one count of assault. In September, he was ordered to serve 20 hours of community service before 4 February 2024 and pay a $1,400 (£1,100) fine.

Neither Manson, 54, nor his legal representatives appeared in court on Thursday.

The lawsuit is the latest legal issue involving Manson in the past two and a half years. His career was left in tatters after he was accused of sexual assault by multiple women in 2021.

Manson, who has always maintained his innocence, is still fighting lawsuits relating to the claims.