Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was charged with misdemeanor battery Tuesday by Florida police following an incident at a rally in which a former reporter for Breitbart accused him of grabbing her and nearly pushed her to the ground.
Michelle Fields filed a police report with Jupiter, Florida police on March 11th after the incident.
The report from the Jupiter Police Department said Corey Lewandowski was charged for intentionally grabbing and bruising Fields’ arm against her will at the Trump campaign event on March 8th.
The police report states that, “Lewandowski grabbed (Michelle) Fields’ left arm with his right hand causing her to turn and step back.”
An investigating officer noted that the reporter’s arm “appeared to show a grabbing-type injury.” Lewandowski claimed he never touched her and Fields later responded on Twitter with a picture of her bruised arm.
“Mr. Lewandowski is absolutely innocent of this charge,” Trump said in a statement, according to CNBC. “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.”
Talking Points Memo reports that Lewandowski turned himself over to police just after 8 a.m. on Tuesday.
Police released this video of Lewandoski grabbing the reporter’s arm.
Following the accusation, Lewandowski tweeted,”@MichelleFields you are totally delusional. I never touched you. As a matter of fact, I have never even met you.”
The Trump campaign has denied the charges,but following Fields’ allegations, an eyewitness and audio/video of that incident surfaced simultaneously, supporting Fields and her account of the altercation.
Audio of the incident seems to counter Trump’s campaign manager’s claim.
Lewandowski is a former state public safety officer in New Hampshire who was once arrested at the U.S. Capitol for bringing in a concealed pistol.
He appears to follow Trump around at rallies as if he’s the hotel magnate’s personal bodyguard. Fields recently resigned from Breitbart after the Trump-friendly site failed to support her. Ben Shapiro abandoned the site as well.