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Last Updated: Friday, 5 September, 2003, 10:34 GMT 11:34 UK
Jury out in Manson trial
Marilyn Manson
Manson's real name is Brian Warner
The jury has begun deliberating in the civil trial of singer Marilyn Manson, who is accused of committing battery.

The controversial American rock star is being sued in the US by a security guard for allegedly gyrating against him during a concert in 2000.

Security guard David M Diaz is seeking $75,000 (47,000) for emotional distress and other injuries.

Manson's lawyers say the incident did not harm Mr Diaz or anyone else.

The alleged event took place during a gig at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis three years ago.


Mr Diaz's lawyer says publicity from the incident had been humiliating for his client.

But Manson's counsel argues that the case did not gain notoriety until Mr Diaz filed the lawsuit.

Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, pleaded no contest last year to charges of disorderly conduct and assault and battery in a similar incident.

A plea of no contest is not an admission of guilt. Manson answered charges after he allegedly gyrated his body against the neck of a security guard who was working on stage during a gig.

The rock performer was ordered to pay fines totalling $4,000 (2,678).

The incident took place in July 2001 during a gig at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Michigan.

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