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Marilyn Manson surrenders to police on assault arrest warrant

Brian Hugh Warner, better known as Marilyn Manson, surrendered in Los Angeles in connection with a 2019 assault charge New Hampshire that was made public in May.
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Marilyn Manson at the iHeartRadio Wango Tango in Carson, Calif., on June 1, 2019.Charley Gallay / Getty Images file

Singer Marilyn Manson was arrested by California police after he surrendered on an outstanding New Hampshire warrant.

Gilford, New Hampshire, Police Chief Anthony J. Bean Burpee confirmed that Manson, whose real name is Brian Hugh Warner, turned himself in to police in Los Angeles last Friday on a warrant connected to a concert in Gilford in August 2019.

Gilford police said in May that the arrest warrant on two counts of misdemeanor assault was issued in October 2019 and that Manson has "been aware of the warrant for some time," NBC News reported.

Manson was processed and released on "personal recognizance bail" and other conditions, among them that he have no contact with the alleged victim, Bean Burpee wrote.

"As an agency, we are pleased with Mr. Warner's decision to finally address the arrest warrant that has been outstanding since 2019," Bean Burpee said in a statement.

Bean Burpee said a court date will be set after New Hampshire authorities receive bail paperwork in the mail from Los Angeles.

"Mr. Warner's attorney will know that date once it has been confirmed with him," Bean Burpee said.

Kent M. Barker, Manson's attorney, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A representative for Manson declined to comment.

When the arrest warrant was first publicized in May, Howard King, an attorney for Manson, called the allegations "ludicrous" and said, "It is no secret to anyone who has attended a Marilyn Manson concert that he likes to be provocative on stage, especially in front of a camera."

"This misdemeanor claim was pursued after we received a demand from a venue videographer for more than $35,000 after a small amount of spit came into contact with their arm. After we asked for evidence of any alleged damages, we never received a reply," King said.

A string of allegations has arisen against Manson in recent months, all unrelated to the New Hampshire arrest warrant.

Phoebe Bridgers said in February that she had seen Manson point out what he called a rape room in his home when she visited as a teen. She made her statement on Twitter days after actor Evan Rachel Wood, Manson's former partner, said Manson had abused her.

In an Instagram post shared the same day as Wood's accusation, Manson said: "My art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality. My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how — and why — others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth."

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that it has launched a domestic violence investigation into the goth rock star.

In April, Manson was sued by "Game of Thrones" actor Esmé Bianco, who alleged that Manson dangled fraudulent work opportunities and used "force and/or threats of force" to get his way.

In response to Bianco's suit, King, Manson's attorney, said in a statement obtained by People magazine that Manson would "vigorously contest these allegations in court."

"To be clear, this suit was only filed after my client refused to be shaken down by Ms. Bianco and her lawyer and give in to their outrageous financial demands based on conduct that simply never occurred," King wrote in the statement.

In May, Manson's former personal assistant also sued him, alleging sexual exploitation and psychological abuse; Manson's representative at the time denied any accusation of assault.

Also in May, an unnamed ex-partner of Manson's filed a lawsuit under the name "Jane Doe" alleging that Manson had raped her; a member of Manson's team "strongly denied" the allegations in a statement at the time.

A representative for Bianco told NBC News that the FBI and Los Angeles police have interviewed Bianco multiple times since February and that she is in active conversations with law enforcement.

The FBI said it would not confirm or deny any investigation.

Manson, through a spokesperson, declined to comment on the allegation that the authorities have interviewed Bianco.

Los Angeles police declined to provide additional comment.