In 2018, when migrant children were being torn from their parents and placed in detention centers and another accused sexual abuser was given a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court, Trump administration officials were publicly confronted by outraged American citizens.
Four months after one of the alleged assaults, Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway says she was confronted by a woman outside a restaurant.
‘Somebody was grabbing me from behind, grabbing my arms, and was shaking me to the point where I felt maybe somebody was hugging me.’
— CNN (@CNN) February 8, 2019
The accused is 63-year-old Maryland resident Mary Elizabeth Inabinett, who Conway says confronted her outside of Julio’s in Bethesda. She’s been arrested for second-degree assault and has a trial date upcoming. Conway’s teenage daughter was a witness and caught part of the confrontation on cell phone video.
‘She was out of control. I don’t even know how to explain her to you. She was just, her whole face was terror and anger. She was right here, and my daughter was right there.’
Unusual on this administration that this stayed quiet for so long. https://t.co/uZjM2FTDM2
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) February 8, 2019
Conway says that Inabinnet attacked her from behind, shaking her as though she were “hugging” her, and left after yelling at Conway for “8-10 minutes.” Conway called 911 and the woman was arrested in November.
‘She ought to pay for that because she has no right to touch anybody. She put her hands on me.’
Kellyanne Conway says she was assaulted while dining out.
A 63-year-old woman has been charged in the case. https://t.co/smxBIsVRNn
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 8, 2019
Inabinett’s attorney denies that the incident included an assault, saying that the evidence presented in court will prove Conway’s story false. Conway first revealed the incident to the public in a recent interview on CNN, months after the incident occurred.
‘Ms. Inabinett saw Kellyanne Conway, a public figure, in a public place, and exercised her First Amendment right to express her personal opinions. She did not assault Ms. Conway. The facts at trial will show this to be true, and show Ms. Conway’s account to be false.’
True American Patriots say intern grabbed microphone J Acosta was holding
Intern committed the assault & battey on Acosta @CNN
It is assault & battery to grab item from victim
Kellyanne Conway incoherently defends 'doctored' video of CNN's Jim Acostahttps://t.co/SwVd21QUz5
— Doc (@spindocDC) November 11, 2018