Shock rocker Marilyn Manson is expected to find out later today (05SEP03) whether he will be found guilty of causing emotional distress to a security guard at a concert in 2000.

The gothic star - wearing a black suit and grey tie - listened in a St Paul, Minnesota, federal court on Tuesday (02SEP03) as jury selection for the trial began.

DAVID M DIAZ, of Anoka County, Minnesota, claims Manson grabbed his head, held it against his hips and "proceeded to gyrate his hips" at an October 2000 gig at the HISTORIC ORPHEUM THEATRE in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Diaz says he urged the 34-year-old to stop but he didn't, leaving the guard humiliated and degraded, and he subsequently claims to have "endured ridicule and shame". He's seeking more than $75,000 (GBP47,000) for emotional distress and other injuries.

Lawyers for Manson, real name BRIAN WARNER, concedes that contact did occur but insist it wasn't offensive, it did not embarrass him and did not amount to civil battery or warrant any damages.

During the questioning of potential jurors, Manson peered through wire-rimmed glasses and paged through legal papers. He stood and offered a polite "Hi" when introduced to the jury pool.

The jury began deliberating the case today (05SEP03).

05/09/2003 17:11