SourceBuzzFeed reporter Michael Hastings is alleging that Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel physically assaulted him during a contentious exchange. Emanuel, former White House chief of staff to President Obama, is known for his hardball tactics. On Thursday’s Hastings alleged that Emanuel “crossed the line” when he “grabbed” him during an interview. 

“I never experienced anything like this in my career from an American public official,” Hastings said about the confrontation on Thursday. “He grabbed me — right before that exchange, he grabbed me by the arm and wouldn’t let go while his bodyguards approached me, clearly trying to intimidate me with a threat of physical violence. And look, it was abusive. I don’t mind being yelled at, like verbally abusive, fine. But I think the mayor — and I made this point in an email later to his staff, clearly crossed the line by grabbing me.”

“What I saw in his eyes — he did not look like a gentleman who was in full of control of what he was doing,” Hastings wrote, adding that he was “shocked” at Emanuel’s behavior. He told Uygur that he did consider filing charges, but that he didn’t want to get “bogged down” and that the lawsuit would have been filed in Chicago.


How about this fucking loser? You thought about charging Rahm Emanuel for assault because he grabbed your arm but you didn’t want to get bogged down with a lawsuit? Yeah okay bro. And I thought about banging Pippa Middleton but I didn’t wanna make Kate jealous. What a crock of shit. If Rahmbo wanted you assaulted you wouldn’t even have time to know because you’d be dead at the bottom of the lake. Dude isn’t some joke like Mumbles in Boston who strokes out and tries to make-up athlete names with letters he pulled from a Scrabble bag or Bloomberg in NY pretending to care about what size soda people drink. Dude is ruthless. He’s old school. If he thinks you insulted him and surrounds you with bodyguards you kiss his ring like he’s the King in LAIRE, thank him for showing you mercy and peace the fuck out. Grow up you dork.