Charlie Kratovil Biography
Charlie Kratovil is the editor of New Brunswick Today who says he was thrown out of an April Ryan speech by the CNN analyst’s bodyguard, Joel Morris. Charlie Kratovil being all-but carried out of a speech by CNN’s April Ryan by her alleged bodyguard Joel Morris in New Jersey on August 3.
— Charlie Kratovil (@Charlie4Change) August 9, 2019
Charlie Kratovil Age
He is 31 years old.
Charlie Kratovil Height
He is 5-foot-7 tall
Charlie Kratovil Weight
He is around 140-pound.
Charlie Kratovil Latest Statement
Does the White House Press Corps have anything to say about this?
‘GET OFF ME MOTHERF*CKER!’ Watch April Ryan’s Bodyguard Manhandle, Eject a Local Reporterhttps://t.co/h66tPIkBqr
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) August 14, 2019
Kratovil told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker that when he checked in and set up his camera at about 6:45 p.m., the public relations officials did not inform him that there would be any limitations or restrictions on filming the proceedings. Kratovil said that he was able to film the first hour and a half of the event without issue.
When Rep. Donald Payne took the stage to introduce Ryan at approximately 8:30 p.m., Kratovil tweeted, he was approached by a man who said he was “with the speaker,” and asked Kratovil to identify himself. He did so and said he had received approval to cover the event. The man left, Kratovil wrote but returned and threatened to “take down” his camera if Kratovil did not do so himself.
Join us tomorrow (Aug 13) at 8PM E.S.T. as we speak LIVE with @Charlie4Change #CharlieKratovil, the journalist violently ejected by @AprilDRyan‘s security #JoelMorris LIVE stream will be simulcasted on all major platforms. Links @ https://t.co/Te3WXVmVzA pic.twitter.com/ruN4lsQ23b
— EyesOnNJ News (@EyesOnNJ) August 12, 2019
Charlie Kratovil on Twitter
Ms. Ryan’s remarks were then interrupted by a visit from the mystery man, who I later learned is named Joel Morris and works as a “security guard” for Ms. Ryan.
Mr. Morris approached the podium & said something to her. She nodded and went silent for the next 27 seconds.
— Charlie Kratovil (@Charlie4Change) August 5, 2019
Kratovil wrote on Twitter on August 5 that he had been cleared to cover Ryan’s speech on April 3. Prior to Ryan taking the stage, Kratovil tweeted that a man approached him and asked about credentials. The man left, then returned, and attempted to take Kratovil’s camera. Kratovil tweeted that other people began to ask him to stop recording. Kratovil identified the man who accosted him as Ryan’s security guard, Joel Morris.
Charlie Kratovil Surveillance Video
Surveillance footage shows a local reporter being physically removed from an event by a man said to be a bodyguard for CNN Political analyst and White House correspondent April D. Ryan.
— Marcus J. DiPaola (@marcusdipaola) August 13, 2019
Video of the altercation shared by New Brunswick Today shows reporter Charlie Kratovil being all-but carried out of The Heldrich Hotel by a man identified as Joel Morris in New Jersey on August 3.
Kratovil said: ‘I kind of snuck away to get some space from him and he chased me down grabbed my arm twisted my arm behind my back and hurt my shoulder and forearm.’
Thank you to Vivek Saxena of BizPac Review for shining a light on the ridiculous situation that led to my being injured by a reporter’s bodyguard https://t.co/Zr07cei6Ob
— Charlie Kratovil (@Charlie4Change) August 10, 2019
As the scene between Kratovil and Morris escalated, Ryan allegedly told the crowd: ‘When I speak, I don’t have news covering my speech.’
Here is the surveillance video from the hotel, provided to me by Charlie. It shows @AprilDRyan‘s bodyguard trying to snatch his camera and assaulting the local reporter. The video ends with the bodyguard dragging him out of the building. pic.twitter.com/rnAM0iVNEc
— Marcus J. DiPaola (@marcusdipaola) August 14, 2019
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- New Brunswick Today shows reporter Charlie Kratovil has said he was violently attacked by a bodyguard protecting CNN correspondent April D. Ryan
- Kratovil said he had been recording a speech Ryan was giving at The Heldrich Hotel in New Jersey on August 3 when Joel Morris told him he had to leave
- Kratovil tried to get away but Morris ‘chased me down grabbed my arm twisted my arm behind my back and hurt my shoulder and forearm’
- He said he was recovering at home for at least one week following the encounter