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    Trump Campaign Manager Charged With Battery Over Reporter Incident

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at his primary election night event at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., March 15, 2016. At left is his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at his primary election night event at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., March 15, 2016. At left is his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

    The campaign manager for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has been charged with simple battery over an incident in which he is alleged to have grabbed a news reporter at a campaign event in Florida.

    Corey Lewandowski turned himself in to police early Tuesday to face the misdemeanor charge, according to a report filed by the Jupiter Police department.  The police report says a court date has been set for May 4.

    Caught on tape

    Also Tuesday, the police department released fresh surveillance video of the March 8 event, showing Lewandowski appearing to reach over to grab Michelle Fields - apparently in an attempt to escort the now former Breitbart reporter away as she tried to ask Trump a question.  

    Watch:Surveillance video of incident

    Trump Campaign Manager Allegedly Grabs Reporteri
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    March 29, 2016 5:01 PM
    Surveillance footage of an event in Jupiter, Florida in which Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, allegedly grabbed Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields.

    Fields, who later quit her job after complaining of a lack of support over the incident, said she experienced bruising. To support her claim, she tweeted a photo allegedly showing the bruise marks she sustained.


    Trump defends aide

    "Mr. Lewandowski is absolutely innocent of this charge," the Trump campaign said in a statement Tuesday.  "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."

    Lewandowski has also denied any wrongdoing.  In a message on Twitter, Lewandowski replied directly to Fields, saying, "You are totally delusional.  I never touched you.  As a matter of fact, I have never even met you."

    Trump has repeatedly defended his top aide, saying Fields "made up" the story.

    It is one of several instances in which minor clashes have erupted at Trump campaign events.

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    by: williweb from: Phoenix Arizona USA
    March 29, 2016 4:09 PM
    This incident just shows Trump supporters what the big money Republican insiders are trying to do to Trump. It will only increase his lead.

    by: Anonymous
    March 29, 2016 1:03 PM
    Naturally in the Trump camp black is white and white is black, where a lie is the truth and all lies are compounded. I guess Cruz isn't the only one who lies in the face of evidence and testimony to the contrary.
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    by: meanbill from: USA
    March 29, 2016 6:05 PM
    Paul Watson the cofounder of Greenpeace quote said it best; "It doesn't matter what the truth is, it's what you make them believe the truth is." _ And remember the news media has the power to make the guilty sound innocent, and the innocent sound guilty, and make the truth sound like a lie, and make the lie sound like the truth? .. Only God knows what the truth really is? .. and the news media only represents the views of their owners and his or her political affiliations? .. Think about it?

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