A Republican campaign staffer for Virginia Senate candidate Corey Stewart has accused a New York Times reporter of breaking into his apartment on Wednesday when he wasn't home.
Brian Landrum told WRC-TV that his house guest encountered Stephanie Saul inside the unlocked Woodbridge apartment Wednesday afternoon.
The New York Times denied the accusations against Saul in an email to the news outlet.
"Ms. Saul went to an address for Landrum Associates in Woodbridge looking for Mr. Landrum. She was told by a woman who opened the door that he was not present. She left a note with the woman for Mr. Landrum asking him to call. At no time did she enter the premises," a spokeswoman for The Times told WRC.
Landrum, who works part-time for Stewart, and his houseguest filed reports with the Prince William County Police Department, according to the Stewart campaign.
Authorities are expected to release information about the incident in the coming days.
What's the story?
Landrum told WRC that his friend had walked out of the bathroom when she came face-to-face with Saul.
“Walking out of the bathroom taking a right, hearing something, she turned around and Stephanie was standing right there," Landrum explained to the WRC during an interview inside the apartment.
At that point, Saul allegedly scribbled a note to Landrum asking for an interview and quickly headed out the door.
“I had had absolutely no heads up that she even had any interest in speaking with me until she decided to break into my apartment," Landrum said.
Police said they responded to a break-in Wednesday in the same area, but would not confirm any details to the news station.
What did Stewart say?
Stewart, who said he's been attacked by the media for being a Republican, issued a statement in an email to TheBlaze about the alleged break-in.
"The fake news media will stop at nothing to destroy Republicans, as we've seen with their coverage of President Trump and others over the last few years.
"Far left media from New York to Richmond have been working overtime to invent wild stories to try to give advantage to Tim Kaine, and now they're breaking into our team's homes in pursuit of their narrative.
"These leftists truly are deranged. It's like Watergate, but in this case, it's the New York Times sending their reporters to break into a private residence," Stewart said in the statement.
Stewart hopes to unseat Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine in the November elections.