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Michelle Fields: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Michelle Fields. (Facebook)

A reporter for the conservative news website Breitbart.com is accusing Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, of violently grabbing her by the arm and trying to pull her to the ground after a news conference on Tuesday.

Michelle Fields addressed the incident in a post on the website Wednesday, after it was first brought to light by her boyfriend, fellow journalist Jamie Weinstein, on Twitter the night before.

Fields later resigned from Breitbart.

On March 11, the Independent Journal reported that Fields filed a criminal complaint against Lewandowski in Jupiter, Florida.

Jupiter Police charged Lewandowski with misdemeanor simple battery on March 29.

Also on March, The Daily Beast posted video that appears to show the moment Lewandowski grabbed Fields:

The Trump campaign has denied the incident occurred and has attacked Fields, including in tweets by Lewandowski himself, adding to the avalanche of criticism against them.

Lewandowski called Fields “delusional” in a tweet two days after the incident. Trump told reporters after the March 10 GOP debate that he thinks Fields made up the incident.

Here’s what you need to know about Fields and the incident:


1. Fields Posted a Photo Showing Bruises on Her Arm & Her Boyfriend Called Lewandowski a ‘Thug’

The incident allegedly occurred on the night of March 8 following a Donald Trump press conference in Florida.

The accusations first began to spread on social media when Michelle Fields’ boyfriend, Daily Caller editor Jamie Weinstein, posted about it on Twitter, calling campaign manager Corey Lewandowski a “thug.”

The next day, Fields wrote about it on Breitbart.com, saying she never sought to become part of the story:

I wasn’t called upon to ask a question during the televised press conference, but afterwards Trump wandered around, stopping at every reporter to take their questions. When he approached me, I asked him about his view on an aspect of affirmative action.

Trump acknowledged the question, but before he could answer I was jolted backwards. Someone had grabbed me tightly by the arm and yanked me down. I almost fell to the ground, but was able to maintain my balance. Nonetheless, I was shaken.

The Washington Post’s Ben Terris immediately remarked that it was Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who aggressively tried to pull me to the ground. I quickly turned around and saw Lewandowski and Trump exiting the building together. No apology. No explanation for why he did this.

She said Lewandowski was “out of line” and said there was no hint Trump was done asking questions. She later posted a photo of bruises left on her arm, which you can see above.

While the Trump campaign claimed there are were no witnesses or video showing the incident, Washington Post reporter Ben Terris wrote about what he saw Thursday:

As security parted the masses to give him passage out of the chandelier-lit ballroom, Michelle Fields, a young reporter for Trump-friendly Breitbart News, pressed forward to ask the GOP front-runner a question. I watched as a man with short-cropped hair and a suit grabbed her arm and yanked her out of the way. He was Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s 41-year-old campaign manager.

Fields stumbled. Finger-shaped bruises formed on her arm.

‘I’m just a little spooked,’ she said, a tear streaming down her face. ‘No one has grabbed me like that before.’

She took my arm and squeezed it hard. ‘I don’t even want to do it as hard as he did,’ she said, ‘because it would hurt.’

In a statement, Breitbart.com’s CEO Larry Solov said, “It’s obviously unacceptable that someone crossed a line and made physical contact with our reporter. 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.”

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2. Trump’s Campaign Called Fields’ Allegations ‘False’ & Questioned Her Past Claim That She Was Assaulted by the NYPD

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Donald Trump’s campaign spokesperson Holly Hicks called the allegations “entirely false” in a statement. She added that she was there and didn’t witness the encounter, nor did any of their staff. She said the incident also wasn’t caught on camera.

“This individual has never met Corey, nor had the only reporter that supposedly identified him,” Hicks said. “There are often large crowds aggressively seeking access to Mr. Trump and our staff would never do anything to harm another individual, while at the same time understanding that Mr. Trump and his personal space should never be invaded.”

Sources told The Daily Beast that Lewandowski didn’t recognize Fields and didn’t realize she was with Breitbart, instead thinking she was a member of the “mainstream media.”

The Trump campaign has also questioned allegations made by Fields in 2011 against the NYPD. She said she was assaulted during an Occupy Wall Street protest.

In its statement, the campaign wrote, “This person claims she does not want to be part of the news, and only report it, however if that was the case, any concerns, however unfounded they may be, should have been voiced directly first and not via Twitter. … We leave it to others whether this is part of a larger pattern of exaggerating incidents, but on multiple occasions she has become part of the news story as opposed to reporting it. Recall she also claimed to have been beaten by a New York City Police officer with a baton.”

Lewandowski appears to have gone into attack mode, tweeting about Fields:

Fields’ boyfriend came to her defense, posting a photo from 2011:

It is not clear if she ever filed a formal complaint with the NYPD.

“The police officers were beating the protesters with batons, and were also beating the media,” Fields told The Daily Caller after the 2011 incident. “They hit Direna (Cousins, her photographer) and me with batons. They hit other members of the press in order to get them to move out of the street.”

Fields added, “Direna had a camera in her hand and I had a microphone, and we were being hit. When I fell to the ground I said at one point, ‘I’m just covering this! I’m covering this!’ And the officer just said, ‘Come on, get up, get up,’ before pulling me up by my jacket.'”

She said the protesters helped her.

“The protesters came up to me right away and asked if I needed any medical assistance. They were actually very kind and helpful. It was the police officers who were very aggressive,” Fields said.

She also talked about the incident on Fox Business News, an interview you can watch here. The news network also showed footage from the incident.

Fields said she told police she was press, “and they just had nothing to say.”

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3. She Is a California Native & Graduated From Pepperdine University in 2011

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Michelle Fields with Neil Cavuto, center, and her boyfriend, Jamie Weinstein. (Twitter)

Fields, 28, is originally from Calabasas, California, near Los Angeles, and graduated from Pepperdine University in 2011, according to her website.

She is of Honduran descent and speaks Spanish, she told The Hill last year after being named one of its “Most Beautiful.”

“I grew up with my grandmother — she’s from Honduras. … I spoke Spanish with her all the time,” she explained. “I practice just to keep up with the vocabulary.”

Her father, Greg Fields, is a TV and film writer.

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4. She Worked as a Reporter for The Daily Caller Before Joining Breitbart & Was a Fox News Contributor

Fields got her start as a reporter for The Daily Caller after graduating from Pepperdine, according to her website.

She was also a contributor to Fox News until September 2015. She joined Breitbart.com in November 2015.

“Michelle Fields represents the essence of what Breitbart News looks for in a reporter—brains, guts and tenacity, Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon said at the time. “We couldn’t be more excited that she is joining Matt Boyle and the rest of our extraordinary Washington Political team.”

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5. She Has Described Her Style as Being Similar to ‘Citizen Journalism’

Fields gained attention for her confrontational style of journalism, including a 2011 video in which she had an exchange with actor Matt Damon over teacher tenure reform.

In a Q&A with C-SPAN in 2011, she said, “I am a video journalist. I would say that what we’re doing is almost like citizen journalism which is basically when an individual who doesn’t have that much training in journalism has the tools and modern technology to capture a live event but doesn’t have a background in journalism.”

Fields has also given a Ted Talk about the changing face of citizen journalism, which you can watch above.

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204 comments

  1. Michelle Fields is a liar and Corey Lewandowski should turn around and sue her. She has falsely accused others of mistreating her in the past. Once a liar, always a liar, This woman is sick.

  2. Absolutely don’t believe Fields & boyfriend.
    Also read that her & boyfriend(hates Trump) are secretly liberals planting themselves in groups of conservatives reporting teams in disguise to try to get stories against them,’

  3. you skipped the lawsuit she filed against her first employer, who she says assualted her, and leonardo dicaprio who she also claims assualted her..i’ve watched both of your videos and she does this everytime she loses a fight she picked.she’s a professional victim,she needs to be arrested..

  4. Now that the other video has surfaced I can’t believe she hasn’t dropped the complaint and retracted her statement. TRUMP did not approach her, she grabbed him and actually secret service should have gotten her off of him. And this is the ignorant entitled girl who thinks you shouldn’t give social security to people just because they are old. Yes she said it. Just look it up. How ignorant can you be?

  5. I wonder if Ted Cruz is going to apologize to Donald Trump now that the real truth about Michelle Fields has surfaced. Don’t hold your breath. Cruz is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and people need to wake up and see what he really is.

  6. Michelle Fields is an attention getter. She claimed she was assaulter when she worked for Students for Liberty; claimed Senator Allen West sexually assaulter her, she later recounted; verbally charged NY Police with brutality during her Occupy Wall Street stunt; claimed Leonardo Di Caprio manhandled her during an interview; and now claims Lewandowski grabbed her arm and threw her to the ground. The woman is sick and should be forced to turn in her Press Card.

  7. We do not care about facts presented!!! We care about fact—TRUTH and the man is innocent and everyone could see that you were the perpetrator!! This aint your first rodeo, you crued wolf many times and list!! Maybe they shoul fie suit against you for assualt on Trump and defamation on Trumps employee!! And the bruise—it took 3days to file a report and that little bruise could have got there in many ways including yourself!! So get a life and quit whining!!

  8. First, Fields crossed into an area she was directed NOT to go with all the repoters.

    Second, in that area that she was NOT to be in, she grabs Trump’s arm and he recoils when she does.

    Third, Lewandowski reacts to Trump’s recoil and pulls her back away from him.

    Fourth, her description blanton contradicts all the video now revealed of the incident.

    Fifth, Fields on numerous occasions, has accussed others of similar assaults, which have been determined unfounded.

    In summary, Fields has NOT only expressed the truth about the Lewandski incident, but she’s done it habitually with others is NOT a credible reporter.

    Third

  9. Fact 6: Two new video clips undisputedly prove her to be a liar. All he did was brush past her as she was directly in his way. He barely seems to notice her, let alone violently attempting to drag her down to the ground as she claimed.

  10. She’s a known tool of the left…
    Michelle Fields falsely accused media analyst Mark Dice of harassment after a brief interview with her at the 2012.
    Her career is OVER !

  11. Her 15 minutes of fame here likely cost her, her career in “journalism” . . Her track record of false allegations is astonishing!! Justice has been served! Maybe she should start looking at a new carrer as an “actress” lol

  12. You know it really looks like both cops are trying to help her. If she was falling backwards it couldn’t be the cop behind her as he is bent over looking like he is catching g her under the armpit region. The other couldn’t have pushed her as his arm is bent like he is pulling not pushing and has a grasp on her wrist. If the guy behind had pushed she would be going forward. If the other cop had pushed he wouldn’t have her wrist and she’d be going forward as he is pulling not pushing. This is even more condemning of her allegations as the video shows him grasp her arm but nowhere near falling nor do you see animosity. She grabs at Trump pissy he didn’t call on her for a question so Lew (I don’t want to butcher his name) redirects her. I didn’t see an attack on her in either. She also recanted her story of being groped by another conservative writer/millitary man groping her Allen West. Seems she tends to want attention more than bring news to attention. Maybe she should join the view.