NBC News | April 11, 2019 11:10:23By TOM SHELDONNBC NEWSWASHINGTON (AP) The American Bar Association has officially banned Arnold Schwarzenegger from being on the news conference circuit after the former California governor was caught on video punching a news photographer.
Schwarzenegger is scheduled to address a joint session of Congress in Washington Tuesday.
The Associated Press reports that the association’s chairwoman, Elizabeth Gladden, has said the ban will be effective for five years and will apply to all news conferences that take place outside the U.S. Capitol.
Schmidt, a former governor of California, said in a statement he was disappointed to be banned from future news conferences.
He said he is planning to file an appeal.
The AP has not independently verified the AP’s account of Schwarzenegger’s incident with photographer David Haggerty.
Haggerty, a freelance photographer for The Associated News who was in the newsroom with Schwarzenegger, was filming as Schwarzenegger punched Haggerties arm after the two men had a heated discussion about immigration.
Haggty said he and the photographer were trying to keep Schwarzenegger calm when Schwarzenegger pulled out his fist and slammed him against the news photographer’s shoulder.
The Associated Press has not identified the journalist or the victim.
The Bar Association, which represents state and local attorneys general, said Wednesday that it is a federal crime to assault a news reporter.
The organization did not provide further details on the offense.
The bar association also has called on Congress to impose stiffer penalties for reporters who violate federal laws such as the False Claims Act and the Communications Decency Act.
The association’s statement said the act prohibits an individual from making false statements about a person or organization.
It also states that false statements to the press about matters that have not been made public constitute a crime under federal law.
The American Bar Assn.
says in a report that Schwarzenegger was “repeatedly” violating the law when he told Haggerts employer to “take a hike.”
Schwarzy also said in his statement that he would “take legal action against any reporter who violates his rights.”
Haggerts attorney, Eric J. Sacks, said he would take the bar association’s allegations to the U to “defend his client and defend the rights of the news media in this instance.”
Schmidt did not respond to a request for comment.
Schumer has had a rocky relationship with the media in recent months.
The New York Times reported last month that Schwarzenegger has received at least seven death threats since he announced his run for president in late 2016.