Conway: ‘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…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said she was physically attacked by an “out of control” woman while out with her teenage daughter in a restaurant late last year.
The woman, who was later identified by the authorities as a 63-year-old Maryland resident, Mary Elizabeth Inabinett, approached Conway “screaming her head off,” while Conway’s middle school-aged daughter watched.
“Somebody was grabbing me from behind, grabbing my arms, and was shaking me to the point were I felt maybe somebody was hugging me,” Conway told CNN. “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 she called 911, but the woman ran off before the police arrived.
Inabinett was charged in November with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct, according to CNN, and will be taken to trial in Maryland state court in March.
Inabinett’s lawyer, William Alden McDaniel Jr., said Conway’s story was “false” and that his client did not assault the White House adviser.
He said Inabinett will plead not guilty in court next month.
“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. Conway’s account to be false,” McDaniel said in a statement.
According to the charges Conway filed, Inabinett shook her for a few seconds “but the suspect continued to yell and gesture 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 views,” a police corporal wrote in a charging document.
Conway said she told President Donald Trump about the incident “long after” it happened.
She said he responded with “what he always says”: “‘Are you OK? Are you OK? Is your daughter OK? Are the other girls OK?”