UPDATED Sunday Morning Vice News reporter Alex Thompson was released on bond overnight from a Houston jail, says Josh Tyrangiel, Vice’s EVP Content, News. “Many thanks to our excellent lawyers,” Tyrangiel tweeted. “We urge Harris County to drop the charges.” (See tweet at bottom).
UPDATED 3:14 PM With Trump Campaign Response The Trump campaign tells Vice News it was “not involved” in the decision to arrest Vice News reporter Alex Thompson. Vice News (see tweet below) posted the following statement from a Trump spokesperson: “The campaign was not involved in this incident or aware of the details surrounding it. The event organizers were responsible for today’s media presence and requested the campaign limit attendance to the traveling pool. The campaign had no staff presence at check-in for guests or media and therefore has no further knowledge of what occurred.”
UPDATED 1:47 PM Vice says Houston police have reporter Alex Thompson under “investigative hold” and that it could be hours before further updates. (See Tweet at bottom.)
PREVIOUS Vice News is reporting that Alex Thompson, one of its correspondents, was arrested by Houston police today and charged with trespassing at a Donald Trump campaign event at the Omni Westside Hotel. Thompson, Vice says, was inquiring about press access – the news organization’s credentials apparently were pending approval – when a hotel employee told him to leave or be arrested.
Thompson was arrested around 1:30 PM EST and is currently being held at Houston Central Jail.
According to Vice News, Thompson was in the Omni’s lobby to ask members of Trump’s communications staff whether a decision on his access had been made.
“A man who identified himself as a hotel manager then asked Thompson to leave and warned that he would be arrested if he did not,” Vice reports. “Roughly two minutes later, without further warning and while Thompson was waiting for a member of Trump’s staff to clarify his access to the event, he was arrested by Houston Police, handcuffed, and escorted outside. Thompson spoke with his editors while handcuffed and said that he was never given any opportunity to explain himself to police.”
The arrest comes roughly three weeks before the debut of Vice News Tonight, a weekly newscast debuting October 10 on HBO.
Later this afternoon, Vice News tweeted that Thompson is under “investigative hold” by the police.