Police charge Trump campaign manager with battery in incident with reporter

In this Aug. 25, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, right, walks with his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski at a news conference in Dubuque, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Florida police have charged Donald Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski with simple assault in connection with an incident earlier in the month involving a reporter.

Police in Jupiter, Florida issued Lewandowski a notice Tuesday to appear before a judge on May 4 for the misdemeanor charge. A surveillance video released by the police appears to show Lewandowski grabbing a reporter for Breitbart News as she tried to ask Trump a question during a March 8 campaign event.

The police report states: "Lewandowski grabbed (Michelle) Fields' left arm with his right hand causing her to turn and step back." Fields showed police her left forearm which "appeared to show a grabbing-type injury," according to the investigating officer.

Trump says his campaign manager is "absolutely innocent."

The Republican front-runner went on to say in a statement that Lewandowski "will enter a plea of not guilty and looks forward to his day in court. He is completely confident that he will be exonerated."

Lewandowski has retained an attorney in West Palm Beach.

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