Donald Trump Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski Charged With Simple Battery Following Incident With Reporter

Corey Lewandowski, campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks with the media before former presidential candidate Ben Carson gives his endorsement to Mr. Trump at the Mar-a-Lago Club on March 11, 2016. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Florida police charged Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski with simple battery on Tuesday, March 29, following an incident with reporter Michelle Fields earlier this month.

According to USA Today, a police report filed by the Jupiter Police Department states that Lewandowski, 41, grabbed the ex–Breitbart News Network correspondent’s arm after she asked Trump, 69, a question about affirmative action during a March 8 news conference at Trump National Golf Club.

Additionally, the police report says that surveillance footage captured at Trump National confirms 28-year-old Fields’ claim. The Palm Beach Post reports that Lewandowski turned himself in on Tuesday morning at around 8 a.m.

The Trump campaign defended Lewandowski in a statement, saying he is "absolutely innocent of this charge," and "he is completely confident that he will be exonerated.”

Lewandowski also took to Twitter on March 11 to deny Fields’ accusations. “@MichelleFields you are totally delusional. I never touched you,” he wrote. “As a matter of fact, I have never even met you.”

Lewandowski’s boss and Republican presidential candidate Trump took to social media to slam Fields on Tuesday.

“Wow, Corey Lewandowski, my campaign manager and a very decent man, was just charged with assaulting a reporter,” he wrote. “Look at tapes-nothing there!”

In a follow-up post, he asked his 7.32 million followers: “Why aren't people looking at this reporter’s earliest statement as to what happened, that is before she found out the episode was on tape?”

Fields was quick to clap back, tweeting, “Because my story never changed. Seriously, just stop lying.”

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