A reporter for TheBlaze who attempted to ask Chelsea Clinton a question about her mother's presidential campaign at a New York City book signing Tuesday evening was ordered by security at the event to delete the cellphone footage he obtained moments after the cordial encounter.
Clinton was signing copies of her new book "It's Your World" at the Barnes and Noble location in Union Square.
Reporter Josiah Ryan identified himself as a journalist at the event before trying to fire off a question to Clinton. When she declined to take a question on politics, Ryan said he understood and didn't press on. Clinton said she was "happy to talk" later.
Moments after the encounter, however, security confronted Ryan.
"Let me see that video," a security officer demanded.
When asked why, the security officer said video recording was prohibited, later saying it was "against the law."
Ryan said he locked his iPhone so the individual couldn't delete the footage and was referred to a police officer.
"He can't record while he is here and he doesn't want to delete it," the security officer said.
Ryan told this reporter that he had previously disclosed he had two cameras for recording purposes and that he identified himself as a reporter. Moreover, he said, other journalists and attendees had cameras and were recording and taking pictures throughout the event.
Clinton's team later advised the security officer not to take Ryan's personal property. Ryan said that Clinton's press team was very nice.
It was not clear if the security officer was employed by the Barnes and Noble bookstore or Clinton's team.
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