New footage has surfaced showing a CNN contributor’s bodyguard manhandling a local reporter after allegedly stealing his camera.
On August 3, Charlie Kratovil of the New Brunswick Today attended the New Jersey Parent Summit at The Heldrich Hotel, where April Ryan, CNN contributor and D.C. bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, was set to give the keynote address. Kratovil was approved to provide media coverage of the event, but this did not stop one of Ryan’s bodyguards from allegedly stealing his camera before forcibly removing him from the hotel.
New footage of the incident captured by a hotel security camera appeared on Twitter, Wednesday.
Here is the surveillance video from the hotel, provided to me by Charlie. It shows @AprilDRyan's bodyguard trying to snatch his camera and assaulting the local reporter. The video ends with the bodyguard dragging him out of the building. pic.twitter.com/rnAM0iVNEc— Marcus J. DiPaola (@marcusdipaola) August 14, 2019
The events in the newly-released footage occurred after Kratovil was forced out of the conference room where Ryan was speaking and into the hotel lobby. Kratovil is the man in the light colored shirt.
The reporter has filed a police report and plans to press charges against those involved.
This should have been the end of it.— Charlie Kratovil (@Charlie4Change) August 5, 2019
I had retrieved the property that Mr. Morris had stolen from me, and at this point, I had ZERO interest in returning to an event where I had quickly come to feel unwelcome.
But then Mr. Morris began to get violent w/ me right there.