A high-profile adviser to US President Donald Trump allegedly punched a man at an inaugural ball and is now receiving protection from the Secret Service.
Kellyanne Conway, Mr Trump’s senior counselor and his 2016 election campaign manager, was reportedly trying to break up a scuffle between two men at the invite-only Liberty Ball.
But a witness told the New York Daily News that when the two men would not stop, Ms Conway allegedly punched one of them men three times in the face, the paper reported.
A business correspondent for Fox News, who said he witnessed the incident, wrote on Facebook that no-one was hurt “except maybe the dude she smacked”.
“Inside the ball we see a fight between two guys in tuxes and then suddenly out of nowhere came Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway who began throwing some mean punches at one of the guys,” he said, adding that he was not exaggerating his version of the story.
“Now I know why Trump hired her.”
The White House is yet to comment on the allegations, but Ms Conway told Fox News’ Hannity program that she was now receiving protection from the Secret Service.
“Because of what the press is doing now to me, I have Secret Service protection,” she told Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
“We have packages delivered to my house with white substances. That is a shame.”
Ms Conway made headlines recently when she defended White House press secretary Sean Spicer by saying he had used “alternative facts”.