Reporter Michelle Fields and editor-at-large Ben Shapiro resigned from Breitbart News on Sunday in response to an alleged assault on Fields by Donald Trump’s campaign manager. Fields claimed she was yanked away from Trump by Corey Lewandowski while trying to ask the candidate a question at an event. The incident left Fields with bruises on her arm.
Fields wrote an account of the incident, as did Washington Post reporter Ben Terris, who witnessed the incident and helped her in the aftermath. Politico published an audio transcript that captured the interaction, as well as the moments afterward. Still, NBC News reports that the Trump campaign fought back against the allegations.
Breitbart News also published its own skepticism, questioning if Terris misidentified Lewandowski as the person who reportedly injured Fields. The conservative news site later published an article that claimed to show tests messages from Lewandowski which supposedly proved he didn’t assault Fields.
In a statement issued to BuzzFeed announcing her resignation from Breitbart News, Michelle Fields commented, “I do not believe Breitbart News has adequately stood by me during the events of the past week and because of that I believe it is now best for us to part ways.”
Ben Shapiro, one of the site’s top editors, also announced his resignation through BuzzFeed on Sunday. Shapiro told the site that he believes the site’s management have sold out the legacy of founder Andrew Breitbart. Shapiro added that Breitbart stood by Trump and Lewandowski and “then attempted to abandon Michelle by silencing staff from tweeting or talking about the issue.”
Before resigning from Breitbart News, Michelle Fields filed criminal charges against Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski because of the alleged assault.