The man accused of assaulting a woman during a Donald Trump rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a former aide to former President Donald Trump.
CBC News has learned that Keith Schiller has pleaded not guilty to assault charges.
The woman says he grabbed her breasts and tried to push her out of the way during the rally in August.
He has been charged with three counts of battery.
“I feel like I’m a bit of the clown, I feel like it’s going to be me, and that’s what’s happening,” the woman said during an interview with CBC News on Friday.
“The clowns that you saw in the rally, they were the ones that were laughing at me.”
A man who identified himself as Schiller’s friend said he had no knowledge of the incident until the news broke, and the two had been friends since middle school.
He said he was not aware of Schiller having any criminal history, and it was “completely inappropriate” for him to assault the woman.
“If that was the way he would act towards someone, that would have been his choice,” the friend said.
He added that he was a member of the Trump campaign, but did not know the details of the assault.
He also said Schiller had no prior criminal history and said he would be filing a police report.
The Charlotte Observer reported that Schiller was fired from the Republican National Committee in August 2017 after being accused of sexual misconduct.
The newspaper reported that the allegations were made during an investigation into a former RNC staffer, who said he and Schiller were in a relationship.
A spokesperson for Schiller declined to comment on Friday’s news.
A representative for the Republican Party of North Carolina said the RNC had no comment on the allegations.
“Our primary focus is always on helping Republicans elect Donald Trump as our next President, and we are cooperating with the criminal investigation,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
Schiller, who worked for the RNC from August 2017 to January 2018, was also a political director for the Trump’s campaign.
He was the head of Trump’s National Political Director and National Finance Director during the 2016 presidential election.
He is also a former member of Trump Tower’s security team, according to The Charlotte News-Herald.
In addition to his time at the RNC, Schiller worked as an assistant to former Vice President Mike Pence from September to December 2016.
He left the White House in January 2017, and resigned from the RNC in January 2018.
In March 2017, Schillers accuser told police that he assaulted her at a Trump rally after she refused to go with him to a photo op.
Schillings accuser said she was drunk at the rally when he began harassing her.
She said she tried to stop him, but he hit her repeatedly in the head, head, chest and neck.
She also said he hit a woman in the face.
On Friday, Schilly told police he did not assault his accuser.
“It’s very hard to explain to you why you did what you did.
I’m not a fighter,” Schilly said.
“You’re going to have to do the work for me.”
He added he had “been with the Trump organization for several years” and that he had always been “very professional.”
Schiller is set to be sentenced later this month.