Charges Dropped Against Woman Accused of Assaulting Kellyanne Conway
Jury trial was set to open Monday
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County prosecutors dropped all charges against a Chevy Chase woman who was accused of assaulting Kellyanne Conway, a top aide to President Trump, during an encounter at a Bethesda Mexican restaurant last fall.
A jury trial for Mary Elizabeth Inabinett, 63, was scheduled to begin Monday morning in Montgomery County Circuit Court.
Police charged Inabinett with disorderly conduct and second-degree assault following an Oct. 14 encounter at Uncle Julio’s Mexican from Scratch, with Inabinett approaching her yelling “shame on you” and other politically charged comments, according to court documents.
Prosecutors said Inabinett wrote a letter apologizing to Conway, a White House counselor who was attending a birthday party at the restaurant.
Prosecutors reviewed video of the incident and spoke with about a dozen witnesses, but determined that given the defendant’s minimal criminal history and the details of the crime, the case did not rise to the level of prosecution.
Neither woman was in court Monday morning.
Conway’s notoriety has brought national attention to the case which was first disclosed by Conway during an interview for a CNN series last year.
This story will be updated