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Trump Campaign Manager Facing Battery Charge for Incident With Breitbart Reporter


michelle fieldsDonald 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 at the time, filed a report with the Jupiter, Florida police, alleging that Lewandowski grabbed her arm when she was asking Trump a question.

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.

Trump himself denied everything at the time.

In response to the denials, Fields also took to Twitter, posting a picture of bruises.

Update 3/29/16 11:32am: A copy of the police report has been posted online by Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post.

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.

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