The Trump campaign on Thursday flatly denied the accusations that campaign manager Corey Lewandowski allegedly assaulted Michelle Fields, a Breitbart reporter, who was asking Trump a question after his press conference in Jupiter, Florida.
The transcript of this audio was first reported by Politico.
Here is a statement put out by Trump Press Secretary Hope Hicks Thursday afternoon:
— Independent Journal (@INJO) March 10, 2016
This account was disputed by both Fields and an eyewitness to the altercation, Ben Terris, a reporter for the Washington Post. Here is Terris’s account of the assault:
When Donald Trump descended into the crowd after speaking Tuesday night, the instinct to defend kicked in.
As security parted the masses to give him passage out of the chandelier-lit ballroom, Michelle Fields, a young reporter for Trump-friendly Breitbart News, pressed forward to ask the Republican front-runner a question. I watched as a man with short-cropped hair and a suit grabbed her arm and yanked her out of the way. He was Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s 41-year-old campaign manager.
Fields stumbled. Finger-shaped bruises formed on her arm.
“I’m just a little spooked,” she said, a tear streaming down her face. “No one has grabbed me like that before.”
After Lewandowski took to Twitter to further deny the story, Fields followed up with a picture of her bruised arm:
— Michelle Fields (@MichelleFields) March 10, 2016
Independent Journal Review has now acquired the audio of the altercation, which includes the voice of Terris and Fields before during and after the assault, which occurs roughly at the :30 second mark:
The Trump campaign has yet to respond to our request to comment.
Here is Donald Trump after the Republican debate denying that the incident happened.
— Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) March 11, 2016