Trump’s campaign manager was just charged with misdemeanor battery after allegedly bruising a reporter251 views
The local force began investigating the incident after Fields filed a police report on March 11. The incident itself allegedly occurred on March 8 at one of Trump’s election-night events.
The Trump campaign released a statement in response to the charge:
Mr. Lewandowski was issued a Notice to Appear and given a court date. He was not arrested. Mr. Lewandowski is absolutely innocent of this charge. 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.
Campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that Lewandowski would remain in his position as campaign manager. Trump also tweeted in support of Lewandowski:
The Washington Post’s Ben Terris, who was at the rally near Fields, saw the event and confirmed to Fields that it was Lewandowski who had grabbed her.
BuzzFeed reported at the time that Breitbart staff had been asked not to publicly defend Fields. Fields and several others at Breitbart quit over the site’s handling of the incident. The right-leaning website is widely viewed as pro-Trump.
Trump previously defended his campaign manager amid the allegations. During a speech at his primary-night celebration earlier this month in Florida, Lewandowski stood next to Trump onstage while he delivered his remarks. And when Trump thanked his family and his supporters, he congratulated Lewandowski.
“Corey, good job, Corey,” Trump said.
Lewandowski previously called Fields “totally delusional,” saying he had never touched or met the reporter after she tweeted an image that appeared to show bruises resulting from the encounter.
The security footage that police released:
Marc Bujnowski, of the Jupiter police, had sought out the security footage to corroborate Fields’ account.
“Lewandowski then grabbed Fields [sic] left arm with his right hand, causing her to turn and step back,” Bujnowski wrote in the police report. “Based on the above-described investigation, probable cause exists to cause Corey Lewandowski … with (1) count of Simple Battery … in that he did intentionally touch Michelle Fields … against [her will].”
Lewandowski will be defended by attorneys Scott N. Richardson and Kendall Coffey, the Trump campaign said.