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Florida Prosecutors: Video Evidence Shows 'No Reasonable Doubt' Trump Campaign Mangager Grabbed Reporter Michelle Fields

After weeks of investigation and a media firestorm, Palm Beach County prosecutors dropped simple battery charges Thursday against Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Reporter Michelle Fields filed the charges after being grabbed and bruised by Lewandowski during a campaign event at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.

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"Although there was probable cause to make an arrest...The evidence cannot prove all legally required elements of the crime alleged and is insufficient to support a criminal prosecution," the legal brief states.

During a press conference announcing the end of the criminal case, prosecutors said Lewandowski's argued he was defending Donald Trump from a perceived threat.

Prosecutors confirmed Lewandowski did in fact grab Fields, an accusation he strongly and publicly denied. 

"The facts show Mr. Lewandowski did grab Ms. Fields against her will," Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said.

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Lewandowski's defense changed from "I never touched her, she's delusional" to "I was defending my candidate."

Prosecutors also confirmed an apology had been drafted by Lewandowski's legal campaign, but that it hadn't been delievered at the time the charges were dropped. Prosecutors said an apology in cases like this is "always a good idea" and stated the entire criminal process could have been avoided had Lewandowski issued an apology shortly after the incident occurred in March. 

"Had an apology been given, this entire criminal justice proceeding could have been avoided," Aronberg said.

Fields has maintained for weeks that an apology was all she wanted. She filed a police report after the Trump campaign questioned her injuries and after Donald Trump publicly accused her of "making up" the incident. 

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