PALM BEACH, Fla., April 14 (UPI) — A Florida prosecutor is choosing to not prosecute Donald Trump’s campaign manager for battery, sources said.
Corey Lewandowski was charged last month after video allegedly showed him grabbing the arm of Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields and pulling her away while she tried to interview Trump after a press conference at a Trump casino in Jupiter, Fla. Fields claimed Lewandowski bruised her arm.
Fields might still file a defamation suit against Lewandowski, who tried to discredit Fields after the battery charge, a source said.
The official announcement not to charge Lewandowski is scheduled for Thursday by Palm Beach County State Attorney David Aronberg.
The state attorney’s office tried to cut a deal earlier this week: Lewandowski would publicly apologize to Fields and Fields would drop the charges, a source said. Fields agreed but it’s not known if Lewandowski did.
“For those asking, office of prosecutor asked 2 weeks ago if I’d be ok with an apology from Corey.,” Fields tweeted Wednesday. “I said ya but haven’t heard back about it.”
Fields, followed by other staffers, resigned from the conservative news site a week later after. Breitbart management refused to stand behind her.
The Trump campaign, Lewandowski’s attorney and the state’s attorney’s office did not comment.