NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Philadelphia woman was charged with assaulting a reporter for NJ.com while the reporter was covering the sentencing of a former Rutgers football player, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement today.
Trudy Smith, 23, was arrested Friday and charged on simple assault following the attack of the woman reporter, in courtroom in Middlesex County Superior Court, Carey said.
The assault occurred as former Rutgers player Tejay Johnson, 27, of Egg Harbor, was being led out of the courtroom in handcuffs after being sentenced to 12 years in prison for three charges of robbery.
The reporter, identified by NJ.com as Taylor Tiamora Harris, stood up to take photographs of Johnson, and Smith, who was sitting behind Harris, stood up and struck the reporter her and began pulling her hair, according to Carey.
He said a Middlesex County Sheriff's officers intervened and separated the two women, and said Smith was removed from the courtroom and was arrested on a summons.
Smith is due in New Brunswick Municipal Court on August 20.
Johnson and other former Rutgers players were accused of robberies that occurred in 2015 and targeted other students, robbing them of for drugs and cash.
A second former player Andre Boggs, 22, of Coatesville, Pa, was also in court on Friday and was also sentenced to 12 years in prison for the three robberies, Carey said.
Johnson and Boggs had each previously pleaded guilty to the charges are part of separate plea agreements.
Each of them must serve 85 percent of their sentence before being eligible for parole.