US President Donald Trump’s former marketing campaign supervisor Corey Lewandowski has been accused by a singer of slapping her buttocks with out her consent at a celebration in November.
Pleasure Villa, a vocal Trump supporter who wore a gown bearing the president’s “Make America Nice Once more” marketing campaign slogan to the Grammy Awards this 12 months, mentioned on Tuesday she had contacted police in Washington on Sunday to file prices.
Villa instructed information web site Politico and tv channel CNN this week that Lewandowski touched her in opposition to her will whereas they posed for images on the Trump Worldwide Lodge.
Villa’s consultant has not responded to a request for remark.
Lewandowski couldn’t be reached for remark, and Reuters has not independently verified the allegations.
Requested in regards to the allegation in an interview on Wednesday, Lewandowski instructed the Fox Enterprise tv community that the matter was below investigation.
“There’s a course of which they may undergo to find out an individual’s innocence,” he mentioned. “I am not right here to talk for Pleasure. What I’m right here to do is to talk for me. And what I’m going to do is to let the method play ahead.”
Villa’s account first appeared in an interview printed by Politico on Friday.
“I am sporting this silver swimsuit and stretchy pants, and after the picture, he smacks my ass actually exhausting,” she instructed Politico. “It was utterly demeaning and stunning.”
She mentioned Lewandowski was dismissive when she confronted him and threatened to report him. He then smacked her buttocks once more, she mentioned.
She mentioned she was hesitant to go to police at first, however on Sunday filed sexual assault prices.
Villa says she is contemplating operating for a seat within the US Congress representing Florida.
Dustin Sternbeck, a spokesman for Washington’s Metropolitan Police Division, mentioned the allegations had been nonetheless being investigated.
In response to questions in regards to the case, the division offered reporters with a replica of the so-called “public incident report” which contained scant particulars and didn’t identify both Villa or Lewandowski.
Whereas nonetheless working as Trump’s marketing campaign supervisor, Lewandowski was arrested and charged with misdemeanour battery by police in Jupiter, Florida, after a reporter for Breitbart Information mentioned he grabbed and bruised her arm whereas she tried to query Trump at a marketing campaign occasion.
Lewandowski, who has additionally labored as a lobbyist and a political advisor, denied he had grabbed or harm the reporter, and prosecutors declined to proceed with the case. Trump dismissed Lewandowski from his place as marketing campaign supervisor a couple of months later.
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