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April Ryan: 'I did not order' journalist's removal

National Urban Radio Networks White House correspondent April Ryan said Sunday that she did not order her bodyguard to remove a journalist from an event.

"I did not order anyone to do anything," Ryan said on CNN's "Reliable Sources."

"At that moment, what you saw was my then bodyguard, who was concerned with my safety, come to me and say 'stop talking.' They were about 100 feet away from me, I didn't know what was going on or what was said. I was on the stage at the time."

The incident in question, which was captured on video, involved Charlie Kratovil, founder and editor of the New Brunswick Today, and Ryan's former bodyguard, Joel Morris, at the New Jersey Parent Summit, where Ryan was tapped as keynote speaker earlier this month.  

Kratovil was credentialed for the event but had his camera taken away from him by Morris, who also appears to push Kratovil out of the room, according to the video.

Host Brian Selter pressed Ryan on why the journalist was not allowed to record her speech.

"It was a private event for a nonprofit organization in New Brunswick, New Jersey," she responded. "The contract stated that if someone wanted to come and film or if they wanted to interview me, they had to ask for permission."

"Now if they had asked for permission, it would have been granted. I do this... because I don't want my words twisted."

Kratovil has filed criminal charges against Morris.

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