Ruden said he didn't actually see the incident occur, nor was he aware of it until a few hours after the speech, when he was notified of the Miami Herald article online. He then spoke with the staff member involved.
"This was not considered a significant enough moment for anyone to tell me about it," he said. "If there had been some kind of altercation or anything resembling, I would have been told immediately."
As far as he's aware, Ruden said, no other phones were confiscated.
While Rothberg and ASTA had different takes on what exactly happened Thursday, they both agreed on one thing: It wasn't a big deal.
With Clinton as a potential presidential nominee, however, her public engagements are viewed under a microscope. And her career is a subject of great interest among the public and the media.
Some outlets quickly seized on the Miami Herald report Thursday, which was headlined, "Hillary Clinton's image control: Security swipes man's phone, erases pic of her at speech." The story fed into buzz about the Hillary Clinton world being a tightly-wound political machine.
Since leaving the state department, Clinton has been active on the speaking circuit, giving paid addresses at trade association gatherings and other events--with some closed to press or cameras.
It appears that at this event, ASTA was in charge of enforcing Clinton's rules, not a member Clinton's own staff.
A spokesperson for Clinton, Nick Merrill, said they were not familiar with the incident and "nobody associated with Secretary Clinton was part of it--security or otherwise."
Whatever happened on Thursday shows one thing for sure: Hillary Clinton is going to remain in the headlines for a while...even if she doesn't always want her picture taken.