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By Gary Susman
Updated August 21, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT
Marilyn Manson: Jean-Paul Aussenard/

LEGAL BRIEFS Marilyn Manson has been accused of all kinds of lewd stage behavior, but never involving a non-consenting adult who pressed charges. Authorities in Oakland County, Mich., have issued a warrant for Manson’s arrest on charges of criminal sexual conduct and assault and battery, accusing him of sexually assaulting security guard Joshua Keasler during a July 30 concert in Clarkson, outside Detroit. Clad in a G-string, Manson allegedly mimed masturbation, approached Keasler from behind, spat on his head, wrapped his legs around the guard, and rubbed his crotch on Keasler’s head and neck. Manson is currently on tour in Japan, but when he returns to the U.S., he faces arrest and the possibility of two years in jail. A Manson spokesperson called the charges ”absurd” and ”absolutely not true.”

PRETTY ‘FLY It’s already possible to download recent movies onto your PC, but now you’ll be able to do it legally, with the sanction of five major Hollywood studios. Sony, Universal, MGM, Paramount, and Warner Bros. have announced a joint venture that will use Sony’s MovieFly software to deliver video-on-demand. The yet-unnamed service will allow you to download movies off the Web for about $4 apiece in as little as 40 minutes. Anti-piracy coding will make a downloaded movie unwatchable 30 days after you save the file on your hard drive and 24 hours after you first open the file to watch the film on your RealPlayer or Windows Media Player. When the service launches early next year, it will have a library of about 100 recent and old movies, with new ones added during the normal pay-per-view TV window (that is, 30 to 45 days after they’re released on VHS and DVD). Absent from the partnership are DreamWorks, Fox, and Disney, though Fox and Disney are expected to announce their own service within the next 10 days.