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|New York Daily News||-|
A 15-year-old girl was groped and then pepper sprayed in the face after pushing away her assailant outside a Donald Trump event in Wisconsin, authorities said.
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A vibrant orange spray of oleoresin capsicum blasted the girl in the face after she shoved a man who was packed among dozens of pro-Trump supporters shouting “All Lives Matters” outside the Janesville event Tuesday.
He watched a group confront a handful of protesters, including one woman hoisting a “Black Lives Matters” sign high above her head and the victim holding her own poster.
“Damn, Donald,” it read. “Back at it again w/the white supremacy.”
Chief David Moore told WKOK-TV.
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"She reacted by pushing this male back and as she pushed the male back,” Moore explained. “Another person presented some pepper spray and sprayed her in the face.”
Multiple angles captured on cell phone video show the girl facing off with an older man with graying hair as the pepper spray-toting Trump supporter weaved through the crowd towards them.
She bolted through the crowd, rubbing at her face, while the man she argued with laughed with another Trump supporter. He later identified himself as Dan Crandall and denied groping the girl.
“I didn’t touch her,” Crandall told the Wisconsin State Journal.
No suspect information was immediately available as of early Tuesday, but authorities were seeking two men, one sought for the alleged sexual assault and the other accused of spraying the girl’s face.
Several officers escorted the anti-Trump protesters out of the crowd before coming to the girl’s aid. An officer was seen pouring a bottle of water on her face, washing away the fiery substance.
Trump was in the swing state for a town hall event at the hotel Tuesday evening, before Wisconsin primary voters go to the polls next week.
A woman wearing a burka held a sign reading “Why do you hate me?” in an apparent reference to Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric, which includes a plan to ban refugees from the Middle East.
The event comes hours after Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was arrested for battery stemming from an altercation with a reporter earlier this month in Florida.
Earlier Tuesday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker threw his support behind Ted Cruz in the race for GOP presidential nominee. Janesville is also the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan.