Trump Campaign Manager Charged With Battery
Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has been charged with battery after allegedly grabbing Michelle Fields, a reporter for Breitbart (a pro-Trump blog), and bruising her.
“Mr. Lewandowski is absolutely innocent of this charge. He will enter a plea of not guilty and looks forward to his day in court. He is completely confident that he will be exonerated,” Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement.
@MichelleFields you are totally delusional. I never touched you. As a matter of fact, I have never even met you.
— Corey Lewandowski (@CLewandowski_) March 11, 2016
Lewandowski denied it, though video later emerged showing him grabbing the reporter. Fields tweeted a picture of her arm as the reply.
— Michelle Fields (@MichelleFields) March 10, 2016
The Hill reports:
The Jupiter, Fla., Police Department said Lewandowski has been charged with one count of simple battery for “intentionally” touching Fields.
Video released by the police department appears to show Lewandowski reaching his left hand toward Fields between Trump and a security guard, holding her back as the GOP presidential candidate passes and then following Trump through the room. The footage can be seen above.
According to local reports, Lewandowski turned himself in to police on Tuesday morning.
Police issued Lewandowski a notice to appear in court May 4.
Police obtained security footage on March 12, four days after the press conference at Trump National Golf Club, where Fields says Lewandowski grabbed her arm, leaving bruising, according to a police document provided to The Hill.
Washington Post reporter Ben Terris, who was standing near Fields when the incident took place, has backed up Fields’s description of events. Audio of the incident had also emerged.