Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was hit with a misdemeanor simple battery charge Tuesday, several weeks after allegedly grabbed the arm of former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields at a campaign event in Jupiter, Florida. According to the Palm Beach Post, Lewandowski turned himself in to local police just after 8 a.m.
“Mr. Lewandowski is absolutely innocent of this charge,” the Trump campaign said in a statement. “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.”
Following the March 8 incident, the Trump campaign waged war on Fields’s character, accusing her of having repeatedly accused others of manhandling her. Lewandowski outright denied the accusations, calling Fields “delusional,” and declaring, “I never touched you.” The candidate himself made a point to bring Lewandowski on stage during a primary victory speech and congratulate his campaign manager for doing a “great job.”
Fields resigned from Breitbart after the conservative news outlet wavered in its support of her, leading to an exodus of her fellow colleagues who felt the publication had become a proxy for the GOP frontrunner. Read more at the Palm Beach Post.