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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 February, 2004, 12:04 GMT
Manson civil sex case is dropped
A civil court case accusing rock star Marilyn Manson, 35, of sexual assault has been dismissed after the two sides reached a settlement three weeks ago.

Security guard Joshua Keasler had sued Manson after the star allegedly put his legs around Keasler's neck and gyrated against him on stage at a 2001 concert.

"I can now go on with my life and try to close this unhappy chapter," Keasler said in a statement read by his lawyer.

Manson's lawyer has so far been unavailable for comment.

Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, pleaded no contest in 2002 to disorderly conduct and assault and battery in the same incident at a gig Detroit, Michigan.

A plea of no contest is not an admission of guilt.

Oakland County prosecutors originally charged Manson with sexual misconduct and assault and battery but the judge threw out the sex charge, changing it to disorderly conduct.

Manson, 35, was ordered to pay $4,000 (2,091) in fines and costs in the criminal proceedings.

Manson, a former music journalist, is one of the most controversial characters in music and his concerts are regularly picketed by religious and civil rights groups.

His band's single Mechanical Animals was a huge American chart-topper that also placed the band in the UK Top 10 for the first time in 1998.


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