Corey Lewandowski’s embarrassing P.R. problem just turned into a much more serious legal one.
Joy Villa, a B-List singer and one of the few pro-Trump celebrities to go public with their support of the controversial president, accused the former Trump campaigner manager of slapping her on the butt at a party in November.
The event was part of a victory lap of parties put-on by Trump campaign members and allies in the media to commemorate the one year anniversary of their stunning victory in the 2016 election.
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Last week, Villa told Politico, “I’m wearing this silver suit and stretchy pants, and after the photo, he smacks my ass really hard. It was completely demeaning and shocking.”
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When she confronted Lewandowski and told him that she could accuse him of sexual harassment, Lewandowski laughed it off. “He said, ‘Go ahead, I work in the private sector now,’” Villa recalled last week. “Then he smacks my ass again.”
Lewandowski has yet to comment on the matter, perhaps hoping the story would be ignored, or treated as celebrity gossip of no real consequence to him, or the administration.
He can forget about that. Politico learned Tuesday that Villa has spoken to the sex crimes unit with Washington, D.C. Metro Police, and an investigation into sexual assault by Lewansowski is set to open, pending approval from the ranking officer. A spokeswoman for the department confirmed the news, and a case number was provided to the publication.
“The detective I talked to said that sexual harassment is what happens in the workforce,” Villa said Tuesday. “The detective told me, ‘what you describe happened to you is sexual assault.’”
Villa made headlines in 2017 when she arrived at the Grammy Awards wearing a now infamous “Make America Great Again” dress, something that endeared her to the Trump campaign, but made her a pariah in the entertainment industry.
But if we’ve learned anything in the post- grab-em-by-the-pussy, post-Harvey Weinstein world, it’s that all victims must be heard, regardless of their political beliefs.
Lewansowki, meanwhile, has remained oddly quiet in recent days. His silence, as they say, is deafening.