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Kellyanne Conway says a woman assaulted her at a restaurant in October: 'Get over the damn 2016 election'
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Kellyanne Conway says a woman assaulted her at a restaurant in October: 'Get over the damn 2016 election'


Kellyanne Conway, White House counselor to President Donald Trump, says that a woman assaulted her while visiting a restaurant in 2018.

What are the details?

In an exclusive interview with CNN, Conway said that she and her daughter were visiting a Maryland eatery in October when a woman approached her and the teen.

Conway, 63, detailed how the woman came up to Conway and her daughter "screaming her head off." It didn't end there.

Conway alleged that the woman — identified by authorities as a 63-year-old female Maryland resident Mary Elizabeth Inabinett — grabbed a hold of Conway and began shaking her.

The incident purportedly took place in the days following Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings.

"Somebody was grabbing me from behind, grabbing my arms, and was shaking me to the point where I felt maybe somebody was hugging me," Conway said.

The White House counselor added, "She was out of control. I don't even know how to explain her to you. She was just, her whole face was terror and anger. She was right here, and my daughter was right there. She ought to pay for that."

Conway said was able to free herself and call authorities, but the woman left the scene before police arrived.

Conway's daughter was able to take a short video of the incident, which later helped police identify Conway's alleged attacker.

The outlet reported that police investigated Conway's allegations and later charged Inabinett with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

Charging documents obtained by CNN paint a graphic picture of Conway's allegations.

According to a police corporal, "The suspect continued to yell and gesture at her for approximately 8-10 minutes before she was escorted from the restaurant."

"The suspect was yelling 'shame on you' and other comments believed to be about Conway's political views," the corporal added.

Inabinett is set to appear in court for a March date, but her lawyer said that his client would not plead guilty to the charges.

"Ms. Inabinett saw Kellyanne Conway, a public figure, in a public place, and exercised her First Amendment rights to express her personal opinions," William Alden McDaniel Jr. said in a statement. "She did not assault Ms. Conway. The facts at the trial will show this to be true, and show Ms. Conway's account to be false."

Anything else?

This isn't the first alleged act of violence against or harassment of a Republican in a public place.

In June, hecklers screamed at Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen while she ate at a restaurant in Washington.

That same month, Virginia restaurant owners asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders to leave their property because of who she was and for whom she worked.

Conway said that Americans treating people poorly based on their political persuasion, or who they work for in a government capacity, is "nonsense."

"The idea that we should be treated differently because of anything, of anything, because of where we work or what we believe or what we're trying to do on behalf of this great nation, that's complete nonsense," Conway said.

Conway went on to offer up no-nonsense advice for the American public.

"What's necessary is for people to understand — in front of everybody but especially in front of 13- and 14-year-old girls — that you need to control your temper, control yourself," Conway said. "You need to get over the damn 2016 election and do that because chances are — the big chances and I believe — that this man will be re-elected. I don't want it to become a thing. I just want it to become a teachable moment for everyone that this all has consequences."

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