The woman who allegedly assaulted presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway in October, is a 63-year-old activist who is married to the CEO of a $43 million environmental charity.
Delmarva Public Radio reported that President Donald Trump’s White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says she was grabbed and shaken by a woman at a Mexican restaurant in Bethesda late last year.
In a CNN interview broadcast Friday, Conway claimed the woman came up to her from behind, grabbed her arms and shook her. Conway says Mary Elizabeth Inabinett was “screaming her head off.”
A charging document says the woman was disagreeing with Conway’s political views.
The allegations are being disputed by the woman’s attorney, who says she will plead not guilty to charges of second-degree assault and disorderly conduct at a trial next month in a Maryland state court.
A DOJ official tells me Beth Inabinett could face a federal assault charge (via 18 U.S. Code § 111) for an altercation in October because Kellyanne Conway is a commissioned officer in the White House. Her attorney says she'll be exonerated in a Maryland trial next month. https://t.co/2JMPSpNSJ6
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) February 12, 2019
The woman who presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway says physically assaulted her in October is married to the CEO of a $43 million environmental charity and manages volunteers for a nonprofit that boasts ’empathy’ as ‘a priority skill’ for ‘living and working together in this radically different world.’
DailyMail.com is picturing Beth Inabinett, 63, for the first time. She faces a March trial for second-degree assault in Montgomery County, Maryland. Inabinett could also be charged with a federal crime, according to a Justice Department official.
The case stems from an incident during a birthday party at a restaurant near Washington, D.C. Conway told DailyMail.com that Inabinett ‘grabbed me from behind’ and ‘shook me repeatedly.’
Inabinett is married to Andy Sharpless, a former executive vice president of Discovery.com who has served as CEO of Oceana since 2003. The celebrated environmental group works to preserve and restore ocean ecosystems worldwide.
She describes herself in her LinkednIn profile as a former ‘Alinsky-style community organizer in Maryland, Delaware, Philadelphia and Massachusetts’ who now works as a volunteer recruiter at Ashoka, a Virginia-based nonprofit that supports more than 3,500 social entrepreneurs.
Ashoka lists ’empathy’ first among the planks in its platform for global success, describing it as ‘the ability to understand and respond to the feelings of others.’
‘In a changemaker world, empathy is as fundamental as reading and math,’ according to the organization’s website.
Sharpless is a birthright Quaker. Inabinett has accompanied him to meetings of the Christian sect, which emphasizes pacifism and nonviolence in its teachings.
A 2013 newsletter of the Third Haven Friends Meeting in Easton, Maryland, pictures them in a family reunion photo along with their daughters and Sharpless’s parents. The same newsletter solicited registrations for a workshop of the Quaker meeting house’s ‘Alternatives to Violence Project.’