Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, is being charged with battery after grabbing a former reporter from Breitbart News by the arm after a news conference early this month.
Lewandowski and Trump’s campaign previously denied the allegations from reporter, Michelle Fields, who has since left Breitbart over the incident. But video was released from surveillance cameras on Tuesday clearly showing Lewandowski being the one who grabbed Fields on March 8.
— Emily Cahn (@CahnEmily) March 29, 2016
According to the Palm Beach Post, Lewandowski “turned himself in to Jupiter police just after 8 a.m.” on Tuesday.
For now, Trump is standing by Lewandowski, claiming, that despite the video showing his campaign manager grabbing her arm, the tapes show “nothing there!”
Wow, Corey Lewandowski, my campaign manager and a very decent man, was just charged with assaulting a reporter. Look at tapes-nothing there!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2016
Here is a statement from the campaign:
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. 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.
Fields on Tuesday responded to Trump on Twitter by saying: “Seriously, just stop lying.”
Because my story never changed. Seriously, just stop lying. https://t.co/1fz9cBHOuT
— Michelle Fields (@MichelleFields) March 29, 2016
After the allegation, Lewandowski told Fields on Twitter: “you are totally delusional. I never touched you. As a matter of fact, I have never even met you.”
@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
Fields responded to Lewandowski’s denials by filing a police report. Later, Fields, and other employees of Breitbart, resigned from the website, saying the Trump-friendly outlet was not sufficiently supporting her.
Just heard the Lewandoski news…. my my
— Ben Smith™ (@bmcsmith92) March 29, 2016
Prior to working for Breitbart News, Fields worked as a reporter at The Daily Caller.