VIDEO: Woman removed from Bannon Citadel speech after interrupting over "locker room talk"

Woman Detained at Bannon Speech (Caroline Balchunas/WCIV)

A woman was removed from The Citadel's Holliday Alumni Center and cited by law enforcement for disorderly conduct Friday after interrupting a speech by Steve Bannon, former adviser to President Donald Trump.

Bannon, the keynote speaker at the Citadel Republican Society's annual Patriot Dinner, had just finished contrasting President Trump's infamous "locker room talk" with alleged sexual assaults by former President Bill Clinton.

As he did, a woman stood up, and began shouting at Bannon about Trump's "grab them by the pussy" remarks.

Those attending the dinner drowned out the woman's words with a thunderous and sustained chorus of jeers and boos.

Several law enforcement officers then dragged the woman out of the building. Once outside, she shouted for several minutes as she was placed in handcuffs.

When the woman asked why she was being detained, an officer can be heard telling her it was because she had fought officers all the way out the door while being escorted from the building.

The woman vehemently denied that she fought officers.

"Please, a witness, they're saying that I fought the officers! I never did a thing. I laid flat down. There are so many photographers in there. You literally just said I fought an officer. You better have video of that. I would never fight an officer," the woman said.

"Seriously, my brother was a prison guard. I have more respect for this country and what you guys do," the woman said while outside. "I purposely sat near the female police officer because I have so much respect high for her. You know I never fought an officer. I would never do that."

Bannon, meanwhile, made jokes to the audience as the woman was being escorted from the building.

"I want to thank my ex-wife for showing up tonight," Bannon said as the woman was being escorted out. "I swear I thought that lawyer sent that alimony check."

"You're a good girl. You've got the right to free speech. Outside," Bannon added, receiving applause and laughter from the audience.

While on the ground outside, the woman explained what she was trying to say when she interrupted Bannon.

"Bannon said it was the divine hand of God that put Trump in the presidency. I just wanted to ask him if also it was the divine hand of God that pussy-grabbed," the woman said.

The woman repeatedly claimed she had a ticket and had a right to be there.

The woman was released from law enforcement custody after being cited, a Citadel spokesperson says.
Update, 10:57 p.m., Nov. 10 - This story was updated to reflect the woman was cited for disorderly conduct.

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