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The Other Behind-the-Scenes Comment Allegedly Uttered by Transgender Reporter to Conservative Commentator Before He Filed a Police Report


"If the situation had been reversed ... I would have spent the evening in jail."

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro has filed an investigative report with the LAPD against transgender reporter Zoey Tur following an on-air clash on HLN last week, during which Tur touched Shapiro's neck and said, "You cut that out now, or you’ll go home in an ambulance."

Shapiro told TheBlaze on Monday that the threat wasn't the only troubling comment to come from Tur, alleging that the reporter said something else off-camera that he perceived as being threatening.

"He got up to leave and he turns to me as he's leaving and says, 'I'll see you in the parking lot,' and I said, 'No you won't,'" Shapiro recounted. "After I finished the next few segments producers rushed up and said, 'Are you okay? Is everything alright?'"

He said that the producers then took it upon themselves to make sure that Tur had scanned out of the building before Shapiro exited.

Watch the initial, on-air incident unfold below (at the 5:30 mark):

The commentator filed a police report on Sunday morning alleging battery. It reads, in part, "[Suspect] became angry and reached/grabbed [victim's] neck," and references both CNN and Dr. Drew Pinsky, who hosts the show on which the incident occurred, Breitbart reported.

Shapiro told TheBlaze that he filed the report after he was "physically threatened on national television."

"The criminal threats continued after the show when this transgender person said to me that he wanted to meet me in the parking lot," he explained. "I was accompanied to my car after they made sure Zoey Tur left the building."

Shapiro also noted that he believes the situation would have been handled very differently had he been the aggressor who touched Tur and made a similar threat.

"If the situation had been reversed — if I had grabbed him by the neck ... I would have spent the evening in jail," he said. "There's no question it's at least misdemeanor battery."

Shapiro expects to speak with a detective about the incident on Monday. You can read the police report below:

As TheBlaze previously reported, Tur and Shapiro got into an intense exchange while discussing Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, with Tur patently disagreeing with Shapiro's comments on the matter.

But it was one line that Shapiro uttered that appeared to really rile Tur.

“What are your genetics, sir?” he asked, with Tur putting her hand on his shoulder and responding, “You cut that out now, or you’ll go home in an ambulance.”

Shapiro told TheBlaze that calling Tur "sir" was "not a deliberate attempt to provoke," as some have alleged.

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