Reno protester says he was beaten for holding 'Republicans against Trump' sign: Report

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The man at the center of a disturbance at a Donald Trump rally in Nevada Saturday claims he was beaten by the Republican nominee's supporters, according to the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper.

In an interview with the media outlet, the man — who identified himself as Austyn Crites from Reno — said that people turned on him when he held up a sign reading: "Republicans against Trump".

"There were people booing, that's expected right? Then all of a sudden these people next to me are just starting to get violent. They are grabbing at my arm, trying to rip the sign out of my hand," he said.

"People started going crazy, these people who couldn't grab the sign, they started tackling me and then it just piled on. Someone yelled something about a gun. I was yelling down there: 'There is no gun, I only have a sign'."

The report also states that the protester claims he was kicked, punched and choked, and feared for his life. Read the full report here.

The press office for Donald's Trump campaign wasn't immediately available for comment when contacted by CNBC.

Trump was rushed off stage by Secret Service officers during the Nevada speech because of the disturbance in the crowd.

The U.S. Secret Service released the following statement: "This evening at approximately 9:05 p.m. (EST), at a Presidential Nominee Trump rally in Reno, Nevada, Mr. Trump was removed from the stage by his Secret Service protective detail after a commotion occurred in the crowd."

"Immediately in front of the stage, an unidentified individual shouted 'gun.' Secret Service agents and Reno Police Officers immediately apprehended the subject. Upon a thorough search of the subject and the surrounding area, no weapon was found."

—CNBC's Everett Rosenfeld contributed to this report.

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