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Prosecutors drop all charges against woman who reportedly assaulted Kellyanne Conway


The woman said she's sorry, so there's that

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A Maryland state attorney's office announced on Monday that it dropped all charges against a woman who reportedly attacked Kellyanne Conway.

According to CNN, a spokesperson for the county said that the woman apologized for her behavior.

What's a brief history on the attack?

The woman — later identified as 63-year-old Mary Elizabeth Inabinett — purportedly attacked Conway when the White House aide was visiting a restaurant in 2018 with her daughter.

In an interview with CNN, Conway revealed that she and her daughter were visiting a restaurant when a woman approached her.

Conway, 63, said that the woman approached Conway and her daughter and began "screaming her head off." According to Conway, Inabinett placed her hands on Conway and began shaking her.

"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 told the outlet, noting that Inabinett was simply "out of control."

However, investigators reviewed video of the incident and spoke with 10 eyewitnesses at the scene, and determined that the only physical contact that occurred was that Inabinett grabbed Conway's elbow "to get attention," which they described as "de minimis touching."

According to Conway, "her whole face was terror and anger. She was right here, and my daughter was right there. She ought to pay for that."

William Alden McDaniel Jr., an attorney for Inabinett, said that his client would not plead guilty.

"Ms. Inabinett saw Kellyanne Conway, a public figure, in a public place, and exercised her First Amendment rights to express her personal opinions," McDaniel said. "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."

You can read more about the incident here.

So what's happening now?

Ramon Korionoff, a spokesperson for the Montgomery County state's attorney's office revealed that charges were dropped.

"It is the best resolution for all parties concerned," Korionoff said in a statement. "The defendant in this matter did apologize to the victim in this matter and did so in a recent letter."

According to CNN, "a person familiar with the case said it was not uncommon for the state's attorney to act as a mediator."

"The defendant realizes she was wrong to interrupt a little girl's birthday party," the person told the outlet.

The unnamed person added, "Everybody realized let's just not waste the court's resources on case like this."

The unnamed source called the action "de minimis touching," which the source said means that the incident was minor.

Conway herself has not issued a statement on the matter at the time of this writing.

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