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.”
@MichelleFields you are totally delusional. I never touched you. As a matter of fact, I have never even met you.
— Corey R. Lewandowski (@CLewandowski_) March 11, 2016
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!”
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
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?”
Because my story never changed. Seriously, just stop lying. https://t.co/1fz9cBHOuT
— Michelle Fields (@MichelleFields) March 29, 2016
Fields was quick to clap back, tweeting, “Because my story never changed. Seriously, just stop lying.”
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