Donald Trump brazenly broke agreed-on rules for last Thursday's GOP debate on Fox News by seeking coaching from his campaign staff during commercial breaks.
The Republican front-runner spoke with his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski during the first commercial break of the 11th debate this week, according to CNN report.
Unlike previous similar instances in which Trump has broken the policy by speaking with his team backstage, the most recent allegations claim Lewandowski went directly on stage to talk with his boss.
Asked by a Fox News official to leave the stage, Lewandowski flatly refused, according to sources cited by CNN.
As a result, the network told campaign staffers of Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Ohio Gov. John Kasich that they would be allowed to consult with their candidate since Trump had broken the rules and could not be corrected. Fox did not alert viewers to the issue.
Representatives from Cruz and Kasich's teams immediately went backstage, while a Rubio adviser did so as well later.
Trump may have been discussing comments by moderator Megyn Kelly, who said the Manhattan billionaire's Trump University endeavor had received a "D-" rating by the Better Business Bureau. Trump was seen handing the Fox News hosts a paper during a commercial break that showed the company's near-failing 2010 grade had been upgraded to a "A."
Trump and his team have not issued a statement about previously breaking the protocol for debate or Thursday's most recent incident.