ACCUSER PLANS TO FILE DEFAMATION LAWSUIT
by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 15, 2016) — The Post & Email is in receipt of the police file regarding an allegation of battery made by former Breitbart writer Michelle Fields against Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski last month.
The file contains statements of witnesses, one of whom was photographed by a reporter from a New York newspaper, and a paraphrased statement from Fields’s boyfriend, Daily Caller writer Jamie Weinstein, among others who were interviewed about the case.
On March 8, Fields was present at a Trump event, after which she attempted to ask Trump a question. She claimed later that evening that someone had grabbed her arm and “aggressively tried to pull me to the ground.” Fields had worked for Breitbart for just four months when the incident occurred.
The case quickly became highly publicized and politically-charged, with Trump supporters and detractors offering opinions and at times, vitriol and reported threats against Fields. Some in the media opined that Fields had exaggerated the incident, including Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace and HBO’s Bill Maher.
Weinstein had tweeted soon after Fields’s complaint became public that “Trump always surrounds himself w thugs. Tonight thug Corey Lewandowski tried to pull my gf @MichelleFields to ground when she asked tough q…”
On Friday, this writer could find no evidence of Weinstein’s having written for The Daily Caller despite numerous references to his position as “Senior Editor” there and having read his work on the website previously.
On Wednesday, Politico and other sources reported that Palm Beach County prosecutor Dave Aronberg had declined to prosecute the case against Lewandowski from the incident arising on March 8 at Trump National in Jupiter, FL.
Fields’s complaint, after having been received from the Jupiter Police Department, was investigated by assistant state’s attorney Adrienne Ellis. In regard to an alleged “apology” that might have come from Lewandowski, Aronberg said that “a draft” had been shown to his office at one point. However, Friday’s New York Times reports that “Mr. Lewandowski’s lawyer, Brad Cohen, said on Thursday after the prosecutor’s announcement that there had been a draft apology they had weighed, but that he found it unlikely that it would happen in light of Ms. Fields’s mentions of defamation lawsuits.”
Aronberg and his assistant stated during a recent press conference that political considerations played no part in their decision not to prosecute.
Previously, Fields, who is 28 years old, worked at The Daily Caller, PJ Media and Reason.TV. She was a Fox News contributor on its Saturday morning show, “Cashin’ In.” It is unclear if she will return to the broadcast, although her Twitter supporters say that she was an asset to the show hosted by Eric Bolling.
In the days which followed Fields’s accusation and purported photo of bruising on her arm resulting from having allegedly been touched by Lewandowski, various websites and bloggers released audio, video, tweets and copious commentary about the alleged incident. On March 11 in what Ellis termed “a delayed report,” the Jupiter Police Department characterized the accusation as “Battery, Simple” in its initial report.
According to Fields on her Twitter feed on Wednesday, the prosecutor’s office was to provide her an update on Thursday. Fields characterized the story as having been “leaked” to the press beforehand, a development she termed “ugly.”
On March 29, Lewandowski appeared at the Jupiter Police Department in lieu of arrest and was scheduled for an arraignment hearing on May 4 which has now been canceled.
Several days after the alleged incident, Fields and a former Breitbart editor, Ben Shapiro, resigned from the news network in addition to a spokesman and two other employees, citing dissatisfaction with the way Breitbart handled Fields’s complaint against Lewandowski. Fields and Shapiro made their resignations known first to Buzzfeed News.
On Thursday, Kit Daniels of Infowars released video from TMZ which reportedly shows a Secret Service agent telling Fields to stay in the area designated for media, which she then reportedly disregarded.
Following the publication of reports that Lewandowski would not be prosecuted, Fields tweeted and told Fox News’s Megyn Kelly and Glenn Beck’s The Blaze that she planned to file a defamation lawsuit against Lewandowski.
In response, Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren, who is an attorney, advised Fields not to proceed with a civil action.
On her “Gretawire” blog at Fox News, Van Susteren wrote, in part, “Anyone encouraging Michelle Fields to bring a civil law suit is not doing her a favor. She does not want to take the stand in a civil case, subject to rigorous cross examination, that is likely to be on television to discuss a case that the DA won’t prosecute because he does not believe the evidence shows assault. Yes, the burden of proof is less in a civil case, but she is just not going to win and it will be expensive and a heartache. Even if one can win, it is not always worth it.”
Fields has rejected Van Susteren’s advice, calling her “a Trump shill.” Fields does not appear to have elaborated on why she believes she was defamed.
Fields’s mother is an immigrant from Honduras who reportedly operates a business named “Fields Immigration Consultants.” Trump has taken a position that the borders need to be strengthened and immigration from predominantly Muslim countries should be halted temporarily.
On March 29 ,Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement that Lewandowski “is completely confident that he will be exonerated.”
The documents received from the Jupiter Police Department are uploaded below.
Update: An astute commenter to this article was able to find a Weinstein’s in a personnel list at The Daily Caller listing his articles, the most recent of which was published on Thursday. Warning: The Daily Caller accepts ads which are not family-friendly.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.