Donald Trump‘s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski was charged on Tuesday with simple battery of a reporter at a press event that took place on March 8. Michelle Fields, who worked for Breitbart.com at the time, filed a report with the Jupiter, Florida police, alleging that Lewandowski grabbed her arm when she was asking Trump a question.
JUST IN: Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski charged in alleged battery of Breitbart reporter.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 29, 2016
Under Florida law (specifically Title XLVI, section 784.03(1)(a)1)), battery is when a person “[a]ctually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other.” While it may not sound like much, grabbing a person’s arm would technically satisfy that definition. Battery is a first degree misdemeanor that carries a maximum punishment of one year in jail.
Lewandowski had denied the allegations on social media after the initial accusation.
@MichelleFields you are totally delusional. I never touched you. As a matter of fact, I have never even met you.
— Corey Lewandowski (@CLewandowski_) March 11, 2016
Trump himself denied everything at the time.
— Independent Journal (@Independent_Pol) March 11, 2016
In response to the denials, Fields also took to Twitter, posting a picture of bruises.
— Michelle Fields (@MichelleFields) March 10, 2016
Update 3/29/16 11:32am: A copy of the police report has been posted online by Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post.
— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) March 29, 2016
Update 3/29/16 11:41am: CNN reports that Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks released a statement, saying:
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.