Republican frontrunner Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has been charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly “manhandling” Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields at a campaign event in Jupiter, Florida, the Palm Beach Post reports. Fields alleged that Lewandowski grabbed her as she tried to ask the Republican candidate a question about affirmative action. In her account of the events, she wrote, “Trump acknowledged the question, but before he could answer I was jolted backwards. Someone had grabbed me tightly by the arm and yanked me down. I almost fell to the ground, but was able to maintain my balance. Nonetheless, I was shaken.” She later also tweeted a photo of the fingerprints-shaped bruise that she was left with after the alleged altercation and resigned from her job at Breitbart over the organization’s handling of the situation. Lewandowski responded to her by tweeting, “You are totally delusional. I never touched you. As a matter of fact, I have never even met you.” Ben Terris, a reporter for The Washington Post who witnessed the incident also confirmed Field’s version of the facts. On Tuesday the Jupiter police released a CCTV video of the incident, where Lewandowski can be seen pulling Fields.
According to a police report, Lewandowski has turned himself into the Jupiter police this morning, and the Trump campaign quickly released a statement saying “Mr. Lewandowski is absolutely innocent of this charge.” The added that “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.”
Both Fields and Trump took to Twitter to react to the news on Tuesday. Fields, quoting a tweet from Trump that questioned her claims, said on Twitter, “My story never changed.” She also implored Trump to “stop lying.” In a separate message posted on Twitter, Trump said that the footage released by police shows “nothing.”
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