Recording artist Joy Villa, also an aspiring political candidate, says that Corey Lewandowski, a former campaign manager for Donald Trump, touched her inappropriately at a holiday party at Trump International Hotel in November. Known on stage as Princess Joy Villa, she has become known in part for the outfits she’s worn to the Grammy awards. Villa has filed a formal complaint.
According to Villa, she met Lewandowski at the party and talked to him about her interest in politics. She then suggested that they have their picture taken together, which he initially rebuffed. He then agreed and, shortly after the picture was taken, slapped her on the buttocks. Villa called it “completely demeaning and shocking.” She then told Lewandowski that she could report him for sexual harassment and says that he told her, “go ahead, I work in the private sector,” and then repeated the slap.
This is not the first time that Lewandowski has been accused of sexual assault. A female Breitbart reporter alleged inappropriate behavior during the presidential campaign. Lewandowski was charged with simple battery, but was never prosecuted. He was fired by the Trump campaign shortly after the incident.
Villa said she was initially “fearful” to come forward, as she has been encouraged by Trump to run for elected office. She says that she would be happy with an apology, but has heard nothing from Lewandowski.
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