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:
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:
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.