Local Florida police charged Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski with misdemeanor battery Tuesday after a former reporter for Breitbart accused him of manhandling her.
Michelle Fields filed a police report with Jupiter, Florida police on March 11 alleging that Lewandowski forcefully grabbed her by the arm, nearly pulling her to the ground, after a campaign press conference.
Lewandowski turned himself over to police just after 8 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the arrest report. He has a mandatory court appearance scheduled for May 4 at 8:30 a.m.
Police obtained video that appears to definitively show the campaign manager grabbing Fields' arm on March 12 from Trump's security at the Trump National Golf Club, where the campaign hosted the press conference, the report also said.
Here is that video.
As you can see Lewandowski lunges at Fields who is walking and talking with Donald Trump at the time.
However despite that evidence not only is Trump still supporting Leweandowski, but he is even suggesting that it was the female reporter who was assaulting HIM.
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
Victory press conference was over.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2016
Why is she allowed to grab me and shout questions? Can I press charges? pic.twitter.com/qbW2RjkINX
I saw a reporter on MSNBC addressing the charge that Fields had something in her hand, by saying that all of the reporters who attend these events are screened by the Secret Service so there is no possibility that she had anything in her hand that could endanger the Donald.Why is this reporter touching me as I leave news conference? What is in her hand?? pic.twitter.com/HQB8dl0fhn— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2016