Politico released a transcript on Thursday seemingly corroborating Breitbart.com reporter Michelle Fields’ account of an alleged attack against her by Corey Lewandowski, campaign manager for GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump.
The transcript of a conversation between Fields and Washington Post reporter Ben Terris was taken from audio Politico obtained, but the audio is not included.
“That was insane,” Fields tells Terris. “You should have felt how hard he grabbed me. That’s insane. I’ve never had anyone do that to me from a campaign.”
“Can I put that in my story?” he asks.
“Yeah, go for it — that was really awful,” Fields replies. “That’s so unprofessional.”
“He really just almost threw you down on the ground,” he says.
The transcript was released hours after Terris reported his account of witnessing the encounter between Fields and Lewandowski. Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks denied the allegation.
“The accusation, which has only been made in the media and never addressed directly with the campaign, is entirely false,” Hicks said in a statement. “As one of dozens of individuals present as Mr. Trump exited the press conference I did not witness any encounter.”
As Gawker reported, Fields responded by posting a picture online of bruises on her arm she said were left by Lewandowski.