Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump campaign manager, was charged this morning with misdemeanor battery.
Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Friday at The Mar-a-Lago Club.
This is the text of the Lewandowsky arrest report, charging him with battery, via Wesley Lowery:
As Palm Beach Post reports, Michelle Fields, a 28-year-old reporter formerly with the online Breitbart News Network, said she was grabbed on the arm by Lewandowski, 41, after she asked Trump a question about affirmative action. Fields, who tweeted photos of bruises on her arm she said resulted from the battery, resigned Breitbart less than a week after the incident. Lewandowski's response: "You are totally delusional. I never touched you. As a matter of fact, I have never even met you."
Following a March 8 conference at Trump National Golf Club, Michelle Fields, a 28-year-old reporter formerly with the online Breitbart News Network, said she was grabbed on the arm by Lewandowski, 41, after she asked Trump a question about affirmative action.
Washington Post reporter Ben Terris wrote that he witnessed the battery.
Jupiter police later said they were looking into the incident after Fields filed a report, although investigators had not named Lewandowski.
Lewandowski turned himself in to Jupiter police just after 8 a.m., accoriding to a police report.
Surveillance footage captured at Trump National, off Donald Ross Road, corroborates Feilds’ claim, the arrest report says.
Fields, who Tweeted photos of bruises on her arm she said resulted from the battery, resigned Breitbart less than a week after the incident. She cited Breitbart’s refusal to stand behind her amid the allegations as her reason for leaving.
Lewandowski replied to Fields’ Tweet, writing: “You are totally delusional. I never touched you. As a matter of fact, I have never even met you.”
Ben Shapiro, former Breitbart editor-at-large, also resigned, claiming in a prepared statement that the conservative news outlet, seen largely as supportive of Trump’s presidential bid, “abandoned” Fields “in order to protect Trump’s bully campaign manager.”
Several other employees followed suit in the following weeks and resigned, according to multiple reports.
Politico adds that "Michelle Fields, who has since resigned from Breitbart, alleged that while attempting to ask Trump a question following a March 8 press conference, Lewandowski pulled her away in such a forceful way that it left a bruise. Washington Post reporter Ben Terris also witnessed the incident. POLITICO posted audio of their conversation following the incident, in which Terris and Fields can be heard discussing how she was "thrown" out of the way. According to the police report, video from surveillance cameras at Trump National where the incident took place shows Lewandowski reaching for and grabbing Fields."
The spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, said in a statement Lewandowski will enter a plea of "not guilty."
"Mr. Lewandowski was issued a Notice to Appear and given a court date. He was not arrested. Mr. Lewandowski is absolutely innocent of this charge," Hicks said. "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. Mr. Lewandowski is represented by Scott Richardson of The Law Office of Scott N. Richardson, P.A. in West Palm Beach, and Kendall Coffey of Coffey Burlington in Miami.Inquiries are to be directed to Mr. Richardson’s office."
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