Charlie Kratovil: April Ryan’s Bodyguard ‘Injured Me’

Charlie Kratovil is the editor of New Brunswick Today who says he was thrown out of an April Ryan speech by the CNN analyst’s bodyguard, Joel Morris.

The event was the 4th annual New Jersey Parent Summit which was held on August 3 at The Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The Parent Summit is described as “a platform to activate, educate, and engage over 1,000 parents, guardians, and community members across the state of New Jersey.”

Kratovil wrote on Twitter on August 5 that he had been cleared to cover Ryan’s speech on April 3. Prior to Ryan taking the stage, Kratovil tweeted that a man approached him and asked about credentials. The man left, then returned, and attempted to take Kratovil’s camera. Kratovil tweeted that other people began to ask him to stop recording. Kratovil identified the man who accosted him as Ryan’s security guard, Joel Morris.

Kratovil said that when Ryan took the stage, Morris joined her and whispered something in her ear. Kratovil tweeted, “[Ryan] nodded and went silent for the next 27 seconds.” Then, Kratovil said, Morris unplugged the camera and began “to steal” Kratovil’s equipment. Kratovil tweeted, “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.’”

Kratovil apparently said that she did not want the news coverage to cover her speech so that she could engage in an “unfettered” discussion. Ryan said, “When I speak, I don’t have news covering my speech.” Kratovil said that he was later able to get his stuff back from Morris in the hotel lobby. A surveillance video posted by Getty Images’ Marcus J. DiPaola appears to show Kratovil being dragged out of the event:

Kratovil tweeted about being physically removed from the event, “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.”

In an appearance on “The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News on August 14, Kratovil told guest host Jesse Watters, “I don’t know what what the misunderstanding was but I was definitely, you know, felt violated.” Kratovil told Watters that he had been covering the Parent Summit for around three hours without any problems.

Fox News reports that video also shows Project Ready executive director Shennell McCloud “berating Kratovil and demanding he leave the hotel.” Kratovil told Watters that he had been a fan of Ryan’s prior to the incident and said that her behavior toward him was “supremely ironic” as Ryan has previously criticized Donald Trump’s treatment of the media. Kratovil discussed his injuries saying, “I kind of snuck away to get some space from him and he chased me down grabbed my arm twisted my arm behind my back and hurt my shoulder and forearm.”

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