Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign manager has been arrested in Florida charged with battery after allegedly grabbing a reporter’s arm.
A report from the Jupiter Police Department said Corey Lewandowski was charged for intentionally grabbing and bruising the arm of Michelle Fields, a former reporter for the conservative news outlet Breitbart, against her will at a Trump campaign event on March 8.
The police report stated: “Lewandowski grabbed (Michelle) Fields’ left arm with his right hand causing her to turn and step back.”
Fields subsequently showed police her left forearm which “appeared to show a grabbing-type injury,” according to the investigating officer.
Unsurprisingly, Trump himself has come out fighting in defence of his campaign manager.
“Mr. Lewandowski is absolutely innocent of this charge,” Trump said in a statement. “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.”
Jupiter police had earlier said they were looking into the incident after Fields filed a report, although investigators had not named Lewandowski.
Lewandowski turned himself in to Jupiter police just after 8 a.m., according to a police report.
Surveillance footage released by the Jupiter Police Dept can be viewed below and corroborates Fields’ claim, the arrest report says.
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