‘Shocking & demeaning’

Singer who supported Trump accuses his former campaign manager of sexual assault

Singer Joy Villa attends The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Joy Villa, the singer who made headlines and saw her music sales spike after wearing a “Make America Great Again” dress to the Grammys earlier this year, has filed a sexual assault complaint against the president’s former campaign manager.

According to The Associated Press, Villa said Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s first campaign manager, hit her rear end twice during an event at the Trump International Hotel the day after Thanksgiving. She told the AP that he struck her “extremely hard,” although she told him to stop. The incident was “disgusting and shocking and demeaning,” Villa said. The accusations were first reported by Politico, which quoted the 31-year-old singer saying that the incident occurred right after a photo op.

Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. (Photo credit should read RYAN MCBRIDE/AFP/Getty Images)

This is the second time that Lewandowski has been accused of aggressive behavior toward a woman. Last year, while Trump was on the campaign trail, Lewandowski was charged with misdemeanor battery after allegedly grabbing a female reporter. Security cameras caught video footage of the incident, but the Palm Beach County prosecutor’s office declined to pursue charges against Lewandowski. He was fired from the campaign in June of that year.

Villa is mulling the possibility of running for a Congressional seat in Florida. She told the AP that fear of backlash made her reluctant to come forward, but she decided to file a formal complaint to authorities on Christmas Eve. She is set to meet with Washington detectives next week.

“I did nothing wrong,” Villa said. “I realized if he’s not going to respond or apologize to me, I think it’s the right thing to do.”

During an interview on Fox News, Lewandoski neither confirmed nor denied Villa’s allegations, saying, “What I’m going to do is let the process play forward,” ABC News reported.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.


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