A reporter and editor for the conservative news website Breitbart, who resigned their positions over the site's response to an alleged assault on the reporter by Donald Trump's campaign manager, accused their former employer Monday of being complicit with the campaign by not standing by their employee.
Reporter Michelle Fields and editor Ben Shapiro spoke out for the first time since they resigned Sunday night to Fox News' Megyn Kelly on "The Kelly File."
Their departures from the site stem from the alleged actions of Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski at a rally last Wednesday. Fields claimed that she was grabbed by the arm and pulled down. Washington Post reporter Ben Terris identified Lewandowski as the assailant. Fields did not see who grabbed her arm herself.
Lewandowski denied the incident took place, and called Fields "totally delusional" in a tweet.
Three seperate videos shown during "The Kelly File" on Monday gave a perspective of three different angles, which show Lewandowski and Fields in the same area at the time of the alleged incident.
"I can't stand with a company that won't stand for me," Fields said.
Fields said she was told by her superiors at Breitbart that "Corey admitted to it" and she would be receiving an apology for the incident.
Instead, Fields claims that Breitbart embarked on a "smear campaign" to disprove her account of what happened in order to get more media access to Trump.
"My company knew the truth and they used it against me," she said Monday night.
Fields said on Monday she has filed a criminal complaint, only to put to rest theories she made the entire incident up.
"The reason I did is because I was accused of putting makeup on my arm to show that there were bruises," she said. "I needed a report to show that this happened."
Shapiro told Megyn Kelly his decision to leave didn't rest solely on the incident involving Fields, but a growing trend he saw at Breitbart regarding objectivity involving when covering the Trump campaign.
"The problem became clear to me when they didn't back up a reporter," he said. "Once your loyalty to a political campaign trumps your loyalty to your reporters, I'm out."
He added the organization has turned into one that "promotes bullies" in order to get in contact with "the bullying campaign."
"If Andrew Breitbart were alive today, he'd be down in Florida, getting in Corey Lewandowski's face, Donald Trump's face and demanding an apology for Corey Lewandowski grabbing and bruising Michelle," he said.
On Monday, two more staffers for Breitbart resigned from the company over the news website's pro-Donald Trump stance, Politico reported.
National security correspondent Jordan Schachtel and associate editor Jarrett Stepman sent their resignations to management.
"The company no longer resembles the ideals that inspired me to start writing for them three years ago. Some of us have been fighting behind the scenes against the party-line Trump propaganda for some time, but without any success, unfortunately," Schachtel said in a statement obtained by Politico.
"Breitbart News is no longer a journalistic enterprise, but instead, in my opinion, something resembling an unaffiliated media Super PAC for the Trump campaign. I signed my contract to work as a journalist, not as a member of the Donald J. Trump for President media network. As recent events have proven, there is no longer a point in trying to reform the company from within, so I must step aside with my dignity intact. I wish everyone at Breitbart the best, and hope the site can redeem the legacy of its founder under much-needed new management," the statement continued.