Donald Trump's campaign manager will not be prosecuted over his alleged manhandling of a female reporter in March, Florida authorities announced Thursday.
Palm Beach state attorney David Aronberg said there was not enough evidence to pursue prosecution of campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
Battery charges had been brought against Lewandowski by police in Jupiter, Florida, where the March 8 incident occurred. Former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields accused Lewandowski of pulling her away roughly as she approached Trump at a campaign event.
Surveillance camera video of the incident appeared to show Lewandowski grabbing the reporter's arm.
Aronberg said there was no doubt that Lewandowski did pull Fields away as she approached the passing Trump. But, the prosecutor said that the campaign manager had every right to protect Trump from potential threat as the reporter had entered a protective zone set up by Secret Service agents.
The Trump campaign issued a statement saying that Lewandowski was "gratified by the decision to drop the misdemeanor charge."
In Florida a simple battery conviction could lead to up to a year in prison or a fine.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 01:34