Today Tonight reporter in alleged assaulted

2013-03-07_0129An 18 year old man in New Zealand has been charged after allegedly assaulting Today Tonight reporter David Eccleston (pictured).

Media reports claim he is Tristan Barker, who has been branded an “internet troll” after provocative and insulting tweets.

News Limited reports the incident happened when Eccleston travelled to the Bay of Plenty region for an agreedinterview Barker

There is video footage of the alleged assault.

A New Zealand police spokesman said: “Following an allegation of assault at an address in Rotorua earlier this week an 18-year-old Rotorua man has been arrested and subsequently charged with common assault. He will appear in Rotorua District Court later the month. As the matter is before the court Police will be making no further comment.”

Barker has previously been featured on A Current Affair in a story about internet trolls.

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