2019-02-08 18:44:16 UTC
Kellyanne Conway, President Donald Trumps senior White House adviser, said a
woman assaulted her in a Mexican restaurant in Maryland last year while her
middle school-aged daughter was present.
Conway, speaking to CNN in a clip of an interview aired Friday, spoke publicly
about the assault allegation for the first since the October incident. She said
the woman charged in the incident came up to her screaming her head off while
she was out with her daughter and her daughters friends for dinner.
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 CNN. She was
out of control. I dont 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, she ought to pay for that, because she has no
right to touch anybody.
Conway said she called 911 but the woman had already left. Conways daughter had
taken video of the encounter, which police used to help identify 63-year-old
Mary Elizabeth Inabinett after pulling her name from a receipt at the
According to charging documents obtained by CNN, Conway told police that the
woman shook her for a few seconds, but the suspect continued to yell and
gesture at her for approximately 8-10 minutes before she was escorted from the
restaurant. A restaurant manager also told the police that the suspect was
yelling shame on you and other comments believed to be about Conways
Inabinett was charged in November with second-degree assault and disorderly
conduct, and her trial is scheduled for March in Maryland state court.
Inabinetts lawyer, William Alden McDaniel Jr., told CNN his client would plead
not guilty and disputed Conways account of the incident.
Ms. Inabinett saw Kellyanne Conway, a public figure, in a public place, and
exercised her First Amendment right to express her personal opinions. She did
not assault Ms. Conway. The facts at trial will show this to be true, and show
Ms. Conways account to be false, McDaniel said in a statement to the network.
That incident comes months after a string of public scoldings of other Trump
administration officials around the administrations systemic separation of
migrant families attempting to enter the country. In June, Homeland Security
Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and
anti-immigrant policy architect Stephen Miller all had meals interrupted by
protesters demanding an end to the policy. Miller also trashed some overpriced
sushi after a bartender gave him the finger.
Conway called the idea that Trump staffers should be treated differently in
public for their work with the administration complete nonsense. She also said
she initially didnt want to talk about the incident publicly because her
daughter and other children were involved.
Whats necessary is for people to understandin front of everybody but
especially in front of 13- and 14-year-old girlsthat you need to control your
temper, control yourself. You need to get over the damn 2016 election and do
that because chances arethe big chances and I believethat this man will be
re-elected, Conway told CNN. I dont 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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