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Trump aide Corey Lewandowski charged with battery for incident with reporter

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JUPITER, Fla., March 29 (UPI) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump‘s campaign manager has been charged with misdemeanor battery after surveillance footage appeared to confirm a reporter’s accusation he forcefully grabbed her following a press conference.

The alleged incident happened in Florida when Michelle Fields, 28, formerly a reporter for conservative news outlet Brietbart News Network, attempted to ask Trump a question as he crossed the floor of the Trump National Golf Club amid a media scrum. The campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, 41, seems to grab Fields and pull her away from the candidate in security footage from the venue.

Lewandowski and Trump both denied the accusations and said Fields made up the allegations to get attention.

A reporter for The Washington Post corroborated Fields’ account of the incident at the time. Fields herself tweeted photos of her arm, showing bruises she said were a result of Lewandowski.

Lewandowski turned himself in to Jupiter, Fla., police Tuesday morning on the misdemeanor charge, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Fields has since resigned her position at Brietbart, a site that is widely seen as supporting Trump’s presidential bid, after she said the news outlet abandoned her when they posted several contradictory stories about the incident.

Fields and several other staff members quit Brietbart in the wake of the news outlet’s handling of the incident.

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