Far-Right Blogger With White House Press Pass Arrested For Accosting Female Protester

The White House correspondent for far-right website the Gateway Pundit has been arrested for accosting a female protestor at an event at the University of Connecticut.

Lucian Wintrich, White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief for the website, was on campus to deliver a speech titled "It's OK to be white."

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Lucas Wintrich was arrested after an altercation at the University of Connecticut on November 28. handout

Wintrich drew crowds of protestors, who shouted criticism before he reportedly stepped into the crowd and grabbed a woman, reported the Hartford Courant. Police then arrested Wintrich and escorted him from the auditorium.

A University of Connecticut spokesperson, Stephanie Reitz, told Newsweek that Wintrich was arrested shortly before 9 p.m., and taken into custody by campus police. He was charged with breach of peace and later released on a $1,000 bond, Reitz said.

An UConn student was also arrested for breaking a window after the event, said Reitz.

The altercation between Wintrich and the student was captured on film by several witnesses. The Courant reported that the woman appeared to have grabbed a paper from the podium where Wintrich was speaking.

Wintrich has not responded to Newsweek's request for comment but in a post on Gateway Pundit, website founder Jim Hoft claimed that a "far left mob" had shut down the speech. Early Wednesday morning Wintrich said that he had been released from custody in a series of tweets.

Founded in 2004, Gateway Pundit is a pro-Trump website associated with the alt-right, known for trafficking in conspiracy theories, hoaxes and false rumors.

In February, Wintrich and the Gateway Pundit were controversially granted White House press credentials by the Trump administration.

A writer and artist, Wintrich had formerly collaborated with Milo Yiannopoulos, the controversial alt-right provocateur and former editor at the Breitbart news network. He has disowned ties to the alt-right.