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TV reporter charged in ballpark punch no longer at station

Last Updated Apr 25, 2018 at 7:01 pm EDT

MILWAUKEE – A Milwaukee television reporter charged with a felony for allegedly hitting another reporter at a Brewers baseball game is no longer with the station.

WITI-TV reported in a story about its reporter Adair “A.J.” Bayatpour pleading not guilty to substantial battery Tuesday that he “no longer works” for the Fox affiliate.

The 31-year-old Bayatpour is accused of hitting a reporter from another station during the April 6 argument at Miller Park. The altercation happened during a Milwaukee Brewers game against the Chicago Cubs.

Bayatpour’s attorney, Julius Kim, confirms to The Associated Press that Bayatpour “was released from his employment contract.” Kim says he believes the charge “doesn’t accurately represent what occurred here.”

WITI general manager Chuck Steinmetz said in an email that the station does not comment on personnel issues.