Trump Adviser Corey Lewandowski Just Got Accused Of Sexual Misconduct
Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, has been accused of unwanted touching by a singer and longtime Trump supporter whose potential “MAGA”-inspired congressional bid in Florida has been endorsed by the president himself.
As reported by POLITICO:
“Joy Villa – who drew headlines for wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ dress to the Grammys earlier this year – was celebrating the president’s first year in office at a holiday party at the Trump International Hotel in Washington in late November when Lewandowski slapped her behind. After she objected, he dismissed her concerns and slapped her behind again, Villa said in an interview Friday.”
The 31-year-old singer said she was circulating in the ballroom of the invite-only party with a friend, who brought her over to introduce her to Lewandowski, whom she had never met. Her first impression, she said, was that he seemed dismissive of her, and rolled his eyes when he thought she wanted to pose for a photo with him.
But Villa said another reveler pushed her toward him and she ended up standing next to him and posing for a picture, despite his seeming lack of interest.
“I’m wearing this silver suit and stretchy pants, and after the photo, he smacks my ass really hard,” Villa told POLITICO. “It was completely demeaning and shocking.”
In the moment, Villa said, she confronted him. “I said, ‘Watch it.’ Half-joking, I said, ‘I can report you for sexual harassment.’”
Lewandowski’s response was almost as shocking as the original slap, she said.
“He said, ‘Go ahead, I work in the private sector,’” Villa recalled. “Then he smacks my ass again.” Villa’s recollection of the incident was corroborated by a friend who witnessed the exchange. The friend said he wished to remain anonymous, in part because of Lewandowski’s continued influence in Trump circles.
The next morning, she said, she called her friend to confirm her recollection of the interactions. He said to her that he had been as shocked as she was and still processing the ugly incident. He corroborated that account to POLITICO. Villa also told her husband about what had happened, a cording to the report.
Villa said she hesitated to go public with her story in part because of Lewandowski’s prominence, especially in the wake of the publication this month of his memoir.
“I did feel that Corey could badmouth me,” she said. “I thought, ‘What if this messes up my chances.’ He has power and influence, and he’s close with the president, who just tweeted about his book. I wanted to play it safe and avoid the drama.”
But she said the avalanche of women coming forward to tell their stories about experiencing sexual harassment from powerful men in media, entertainment, politics and other industries motivated her to tell her story.