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Fact or Fiction? Punches Thrown in WaPo Newsroom!

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Pulitzer Prize-winning Henry Allen and Style’s Manuel Roig-Franzia

First On FishbowlDC (9:34 AM): FACT! We’re still working on the details but we’ve confirmed that Henry Allen did throw a punch at Manuel Roig-Franzia in the newsroom last Friday. We hear that punch landed on Franzia’s face…

FishbowlDC spoke with WaPo HR this morning and confirmed that both reporters are still employed at the paper. We did learn that Allen was “on contract.”

UPDATE (11:35 AM):

When reached for comment, WaPo‘s Director of Communications Kris Coratti said, “I can’t discuss private personnel matters but that doesn’t mean we haven’t taken this incident seriously and addressed it appropriately.”

So what does one have to say in order to get a fist to the face from Henry Allen? “Henry, don’t be such a cocksucker.” That’s what triggered Allen to throw down on Roig-Franzia. We hear that Marcus Brauchli was then forced to intervene.

UPDATE (1:24 PM)

Two hours after our original post, we received notification that Washingtonian‘s Harry Jaffe had also published on the newsroom rumble. Jaffe’s article was certainly more exciting than ours but we regret to inform you that our sources have disclaimed his account saying, “Jaffe’s story is full of hyperbole — it was a single punch and no one was on the ground.”

City Paper‘s Erik Wemple says that he reached Roig-Franzia by cell phone but got the ol’ hang up after he identified himself.

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