Report: MARILYN MANSON Settles Suit Over Alleged Sex Assault

A civil lawsuit accusing MARILYN MANSON of sexual assault has been dismissed after the two sides reached a settlement, an attorney for the plaintiff said Tuesday, the Associated Press has reported.

Security guard Joshua Keasler was working on the stage during a July 2001 performance in Detroit when Manson allegedly approached him, wrapped his legs around the guard's neck and gyrated against him while wearing only a leather thong and panty hose.

Keasler had sued Manson in U.S. District Court in Detroit for sexual assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Both sides agreed not to release terms of the settlement, Keasler's attorney John D. Nickola said in a statement. The lawsuit was dismissed Jan. 28.

"I can now go on with my life and try to close this unhappy chapter," Keasler said.

Oakland County prosecutors originally charged Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, with sexual conduct and assault and battery. District Judge Gerald McNally threw out the sex charge.

In the criminal proceedings, Manson, 35, was ordered to pay $4,000 in fines and costs.

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