Politics

Gianforte Settles with Journalist He Body-Slammed

Pledged to donate $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists

Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., faces misdemeanor assault charges from his confrontation with a reporter on the eve of his election.  (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images file photo)

Montana Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte reached an out-of-court settlement with Ben Jacobs, the Guardian journalist whom he assaulted.

Gianforte posted a public apology to Jacobs and pledged to donate $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reuters reported.

"Nothwithstanding anyone’s statements to the contrary, you did not initiate any physical contact with me, and I had no right to assault you,” Gianforte said in his apology.

Initially, Gianforte’s campaign put out a statement saying Jacobs had instigated the confrontation.

Jacobs, a political reporter for The Guardian newspaper, agreed not to bring civil action against Gianforte, but the incoming congressman still faces misdemeanor charges.

According to a release from a spokeswoman for Jacobs, the reporter sent an email to Montana prosecutors saying he would not object to Gianforte pleading no contest to the charges.

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