Judge reduces charge against Marilyn Manson

Judge reduces chargeagainst Marilyn Manson
CLARKSTON, Mich. -- A judge has reduced a charge against Marilyn Manson from criminal sexual conduct to disorderly conduct in connection with a July concert.
The rocker, whose real name is Brian Warner, was charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and assault and battery after allegations that he assaulted a security guard.
District Judge Gerald McNally reduced the charge from a felony punishable by up to two years in prison to a misdemeanor that carries a maximum of 90 days in jail, The Oakland Press reported Saturday.
The misdemeanor count of assault and battery remains.
Manson, 32, is accused of gyrating against the neck and head of the guard during the July 30 show at Clarkston's DTE Energy Theater. He appeared before the judge Friday in Clarkston District Court.
Assistant prosecutor Kenneth Frazee said he would review transcripts of the hearing and consult with his supervisors to see whether the decision should be appealed.
Hackman keepsbusy schedule
NEW YORK -- For a guy who dropped out of high school at age 16 to join the Marine Corps, things have turned out pretty well for actor Gene Hackman.
"When my senior class at high school was in the classroom, there I was in China," Hackman said in Sunday's Parade magazine. "I was never a great Marine, but I had a lot of fun."
After he got out of the Marines, he headed straight for New York to attend acting school.
"I'd been there about a year when Dustin Hoffman came to town," Hackman said. "We'd known each other from the Pasadena Playhouse, so he moved in, and we began to hang out with Bobby Duvall, whom I knew. Later, I was introduced to Warren Beatty, and fortunately, he had a movie job ("Bonnie and Clyde") for me."
Hackman, currently appearing in three films -- the "Heist," the "Royal Tenenbaums" and "Behind Enemy Lines" -- says he's finally taking a breather.
"I don't have a movie job set up right now," he said. "I'm 71 years old, and I'm trying desperately to slow down. So I'll wait and see how these three do and then look around."
In the meantime, he's working on his second novel and painting.
Royal piper at wedding
LONDON -- Joan Collins has recruited Queen Elizabeth II's personal bagpiper to play at her wedding.
Pipe Major Jim Motherwell, who plays most mornings beneath the queen's bedroom window, will perform solo in February when the 68-year-old actress marries her fifth husband, Percy Gibson, who's 32 years her junior.
Motherwell, 42, from Glasgow, Scotland, has already played for former U.S. President George Bush in Washington and also for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.
Collins asked Motherwell to play at her wedding after presenting him with a gold disc for his best-selling CD, "The Queen's Piper," which has raised funds for cancer charities.
The tradition of a personal piper to the sovereign was started in 1843 by Queen Victoria. Motherwell is the 10th royal piper.
Today's birthdays
Actress Anna Lee ("General Hospital") is 89. Former television evangelist Jim Bakker is 63. Actress Wendy Phillips is 50. Actress Gabrielle Carteris is 41. Movie director Todd Haynes is 41. Actress Tia Carrere is 35. Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is 34. Model Christy Turlington is 33. Actor Taye Diggs is 31. Actress Kate Bosworth is 19.

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