Corey Lewandowski, the campaign manager for Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, has been accused of roughing up a Breitbart reporter after a Tuesday night press conference.
An anonymous witness to the situation told Politico that reporter Michelle Fields was trying to ask Trump a question as as the Secret Service was clearing a path for the candidate, at which point Lewandowski forcibly grabbed her arm and moved her out of the way.
She nearly fell and was roughed up, the witness recounted to Politico.
“It’s obviously unacceptable that someone crossed a line and make [sic] physical contact with our reporter,” Breitbart News CEO Larry Solov said in a statement to Politico. “What Michelle has told us directly is that someone ‘grabbed her arm’ and while she did not see who it was, Ben Terris of the Washington Post told her that it was Corey Lewandowski. If that’s the case, Corey owes Michelle an immediate apology.”
The Trump campaign did not return requests for comments by Politico.
Fields has not publicly addressed the incident herself, but Jamie Weinstein, a senior editor at The Daily Caller who is also Fields’ boyfriend, tweeted about it:
Trump always surrounds himself w thugs. Tonight thug Corey Lewandowski tried to pull my gf @MichelleFields to ground when she asked tough q
— Jamie Weinstein (@Jamie_Weinstein) March 9, 2016