Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was charged with simple battery of reporter Michelle Fields by Florida police earlier this month. Fields filed a complaint stating that Lewandowski had forcefully grabbed her by the arm during a campaign event on March 8th as she was attempting to question Trump. She afterwards tweeted photos of bruises on her arm that she said were a result of Lewdandowski assaulting her.
Lewdandowski turned himself in on Tuesday. He had adamantly denied the charges, going so far as to post a message directed at Fields on Twitter calling her “delusional” and asserting, “I never touched you. As a matter of fact, I have never even met you.”
“He was arrested and released with a Notice to Appear,” said Officer Adam Brown, a spokesman for the Jupiter police.
However, police released a surveillance video that clearly shows Lewandowski did in fact make contact with Fields. Washington Post reporter Ben Terris also stated that he had witnessed the battery. Lewandowski has previously been accused of harassing reporters, especially female reporters.
Fields resigned from her position at Breitbart News Network a week after the incident, citing that Breitbart refused to support her efforts to have Lewandowski prosecuted. Several other Breitbart employees, including its Breitbart editor-at-large, also resigned in the following weeks on the grounds that Breitbart, seen as a largely conservative news outlet, “abandoned” Fields in order to “protect Trump’s bully campaign manager.”
The Trump campaign issued a statement insisting that Lewandowski is “absolutely innocent” of the charges.