Donald Trump's top campaign aide Corey Lewandowski has been arrested and charged with battery against a reporter in Jupiter, Florida. The alleged battery occurred at a March 8 Trump rally when Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields tried to ask Trump a question and his campaign manager grabbed her arm and pushed her away from the candidate.
Police provided this security camera video of the incident to Lead Stories:
A Trump spokeswoman said Lewandowski is "absolutely innocent" would plead not guilty to the misdemeanor charge. He turned himself in Tuesday morning and was released with orders to face a judge on May 4.
Trump reacted via Twitter, suggesting the video showed "nothing there."
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
Why aren't people looking at this reporters earliest statement as to what happened, that is before she found out the episode was on tape?-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2016
Fields resigned from Breitbart after a less-than-enthusiastic defense of the journalist by the conservative website, which is a favorite of Trump supporters.