Local Reporter Accuses Bodyguard for CNN’s April Ryan of Assault

A reporter in New Jersey has accused a “security guard” for CNN’s April Ryan of assaulting at an event at which Ryan spoke on August 4. 

Charlie Kratovil of New Brunswick, New Jersey, who runs a small local news outlet, said on Twitter that he planned to film a speech given by Ryan at a Project Ready event. Project Ready is a nonprofit for “diverse youth.”

According to Kratovil, he followed all the proper protocols to film the event, but was confronted by Ryan’s bodyguard, Joel Morris, during the event. Morris told him he had to stop filming, but did not explain why. Then, Ryan paused her speech while Morris allegedly took Kratovil’s camera and tripod and removed it from the event room, into the lobby of the hotel where the event was held.

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“Rather than, you know, pushing the camera’s record button to stop the video recording (or just turning it off), Mr. Morris proceeded to unplug my camera, grab the tripod it was connected to, and steal the entire thing,” Kratovil said on Twitter as part of a long thread explaining the event in detail.

“As soon as Mr. Morris touched our camera, I spoke up, saying: ‘Don’t touch my camera, please. Put that down. Don’t you dare. Put that down, sir.’ At the same time, Ms. Ryan began attempting to explain to the crowd why they were witnessing the theft of our camera,” he continued.

But that wasn’t the worst of it. In the hotel lobby, Kratovil said he was assaulted by Morris.

“I was carrying my phone (which was recording audio) in one hand & the camera/tripod in the other. I tried to get away from the perpetrator, but within seconds, he began assaulting me without provocation in the lobby & continued his assault as he forced me out of the building,” he said.

“I screamed and used some profane language towards Mr. Morris as he grabbed my left arm and twisted it behind my back, injuring my forearm and shoulder. I later gave a statement to NBPD’s Ryan Daughton & he told me that he’d prepare a police report. I intend to press charges.”

News of the alleged assault came on a bad day for CNN personalities. Chris Cuomo of CNN was filmed threatening a man in public and Don Lemon was sued for sexual assault by a bartender from the Hamptons.

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