Donald Trump is standing by his man.
The GOP frontrunner vowed on Tuesday that doesn’t “discard people,” after his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly yanking a Breitbart reporter after a rally in Florida earlier this month, the Associated Press reports.
Lewandowski was charged after a surveillance video showed him appearing to grab now-former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields when she tried to ask Trump a question following a speech on Mar. 8.
“Lewandowski grabbed Fields’ left arm with his right hand causing her to turn and step back,” read the police report. According to the document, Fields also showed police her left forearm which “appeared to show a grabbing-type injury.”
At the event, Fields was trying to ask Trump a question as he was leaving a press conference in Arizona when his Secret Service detail was beginning to clear the path for the Republican frontrunner. That’s when Fields was allegedly forcibly grabbed on her arm by Lewandowski, who nearly threw her to the ground, a source who witnessed the situation told Politico.
Lewandowski could be facing up to a year in prison if he’s found guilty of the charges, but Dr. Mary Anne Franks, law professor at the University of Miami School of Law, says if it’s a first-time offense, it’s “very likely” prosecutors won’t seek jail time.
Appearances by Lewandowski and Fields scheduled for Tuesday night on Fox News have been canceled, a spokesperson for the network told TheWrap.