Donald Trump’s campaign manager charged with assault on reporter; video released

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Corey Lewandowski campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Corey Lewandowski campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

JUPITER, Fla. — Corey Lewandowski, the campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, was arrested in Florida on Tuesday and charged with simple battery, according to police records.

Lewandowski is charged for grabbing and bruising the arm of Michelle Fields, a former reporter at Breitbart, during a campaign event on March 8, according to the police report.

The Jupiter Police Department has also released new video that shows the alleged incident from an overhead angle. According to a Jupiter Police Department document, Lewandowski has a court date of May 4.

The investigating officer described the investigation of the incident:

“On March 12, 2016, I obtained video footage from Trump Security at Trump National in Jupiter. I specifically obtained vide from the ballroom the night and time in question. The video parallels what Fields told me, in that Trump was walking towards the exit of the ballroom, taking questions, and signing autographs. Fields is seen on video, holding her phone up to Trump, appearing to ask him a question. Trump had looked in her direction, and then Lewandowski extended his left arm out, stepping between Trump and another male subject believed to be U.S. Secret Service. After extending his arm out, Lewandowski appeared to reach for Field’s left arm with his left hand, allowing him to get closer to Fields.

Lewandowski then grabbed Fields left arm with his right hand, causing her arm to turn and step back. This motion cleared a path for Lewandowski to walk past Fields, allowing him to “catch up” and get closer to Trump, who was walking during this entire incident.

Based on the above-described investigation, probably cause exists to charge Corey Lewandowski, DOB 9/18/1973, with (1) count of Simple Battery… in that he did intentionally touch Michelle Fields, DOB 01/10/1988, against the will of Michelle Fields.”

Campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement Tuesday that Lewandowski is “absolutely innocent of this charge,” and will plead not guilty.

“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,” the statement said.

Lewandowski has publicly defended himself following the incident. At one point, Lewandoswki tweeted directly to Fields and said, “You are totally delusional. I never touched you. As a matter of fact, I have never even met you.”

Hicks said Lewandowski is being represented by Scott Richardson of The Law Office of Scott N. Richardson, P.A. in West Palm Beach and Kendall Coffey of Coffey Burlington in Miami, and referred all further inquiries to Richardson’s law office.

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