Marilyn Manson won’t be traveling to Michigan this week to continue his court case on charges of misdemeanor assault-and-battery and inappropriate sexual conduct. A pre-sentencing hearing on the charges, which were reduced from criminal proceedings last December, has been postponed from Thursday (April 25) to May 1 as attorneys for both sides wait for 52nd District Court Judge Julie Nicholson to rule on a prosecution appeal of Judge Gerald E. McNally’s refusal to remove himself from the case.
Prosecutors charge that McNally compromised himself by indicating his sentencing inclination-fines of $2,000 and no jail time-during the December hearing. Nicholson, who heard arguments last week, had said she would issue a written opinion within a week, but so far she has not revealed her decision.
The charges against Manson stem from a July 30, 2001, OzzFest performance at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in nearby Independence Township, Michigan, at which security guard Josh Keisler alleged that Manson rubbed his genitals on the guard’s neck and body.