Donald Trump’s campaign manager has been charged with battery.
Michelle Fields, 28, filed battery charges against Corey Lewandowski, 42, after she said he forcefully grabbed her arm, leaving bruises, at Trump National Golf Club during one of Trump’s speeches.
The speech was on March 8. Fields went to Jupiter police on March 11.
Fields said Lewandowski yanked her arm after she asked Trump a question while holding her cellphone as a recording device.
Ben Terries’ confirmed Fields accusation to investigators the same day.
Fields’ recording device taped the audio portion of the incident. When she played it to detectives Fields is heard to Terries, “Holy [expletive], I can’t believe he just did that,” referring to Lewandowski’s behavior.
She continues: “That was so hard. Was that Corey? You should have felt how hard he just grabbed me.”
Terries, 31, who is a reporter for the Washington Post, is heard confirming to Fields that Lewandowski grabbed her.
Fields said she almost fell back after Lewandowski yanked her arm, but caught herself.
Fields was at the rally to get coverage for Breitbart News Network.
Jupiter Police said Lewandowski turned himself in Tuesday at 8 a.m. He was issued a misdemeanor citation to appear in court. He then left the police department, police said.
Until Tuesday, the only evidence that Lewandowski grabbed Fields were a few cellphone videos that showed them near each other with Lewandowski’s arm outstretched, and a picture Fields tweeted of bruises on her arm.
However, Jupiter police released video showing Lewandowski stepping close to her and apparently grabbing her arm from behind.
Trump blasted back with his own picture of Fields on Tuesday afternoon, tweeting, “Why is this reporter touching me as I leave news conference? What is in her hand??”
Earlier Tuesday, Fields tweeted a direct answer to another of Trumps tweets, referring to her earliest statement, saying, “Because my story never changed. Seriously, just stop lying.”
On ABC News, Fields said March 10, “The thing is, you don’t grab a female reporter, or any reporter, you don’t grab them the way that he grabbed me.”
Lewandowski tweeted back later that night, “@Michelle Fields you are totally delusional. I never touched you. As a matter of fact, I have never even met you.”
Police said the video from Trump’s own Jupiter golf club corroborates Fields’ account and Lewandowski is charged with simple battery.
He must appear in court May 4, and is represented by West Palm Beach attorney Scott Richardson, who said in a statement that Lewandowski is innocent and looks forward to his day in court.
The Trump campaign issued the following statement:
“Mr. Lewandowski was issued a Notice to Appear and given a court date. He was not arrested. 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.
“Mr. Lewandowski is represented by Scott Richardson of the law office of Scott N. Richardson, P.A. in West Palm Beach, and Kendall Coffey of Coffey Burlington in Miami.”