Greg Gianforte Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Guardian Reporter


Greg Gianforte

Greg Gianforte (R-MT) has been sentenced to community service after pleading guilty to charges that he assaulted a reporter right before his election to Congress.

Gianforte appeared in court on Monday to face the allegations that he body-slammed The Guardian‘s Ben Jacobs and broke his glasses during an encounter last month. Judge Rick West presided over the case, and according to Associated Press, West sentenced Gianforte to 40 hours of community service, 20 hours of anger management, and a fine of $385. If Gianforte fulfills the terms of his sentence, the assault charge can be dropped off his record after six months.

The Guardian reports Gianforte has offered a full apology to Jacobs (again), and reached an out-of-court arrangement with him. Gianforte has also agreed to donate $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

“I made a mistake and humbly ask for your forgiveness,” Gianforte wrote. He went on to reiterate that his physical reaction to Jacobs’ “legitimate question” about health care was “unprofessional, unacceptable, and unlawful”.

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