Singer files police report claiming Corey Lewandowski slapped her on the buttocks


A pop singer filed a police report this week accusing Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, of slapping her twice on the buttocks at a party in Washington in November. 

In a phone interview Wednesday, the singer, Joy Villa, 31, said she met Lewandowski for the first time at a party at the Trump International Hotel on Nov. 28 celebrating Trump’s election the previous year, and the two took a photograph together. 

After that, Lewandowski slapped her “violently hard, enough to hurt me,” she said, adding that she told him to stop, and that she could report him for sexual harassment. 

“He says, ‘Go ahead, I work in the private sector,'” Villa said. “He laughs at me and then he does it again, extra hard this time, just to show me that he wasn’t afraid. At that point I was so paralyzed by fear. I was very shocked, and my friend grabbed me and pulled me away from him.” 

Citing her respect for Lewandowski’s work on the Trump campaign and her fear of bringing shame to his family, Villa said she did not decide to file a report with the Metropolitan Police Department until she was approached by a reporter at Politico this month. Then, she said, she decided to speak publicly about the episode with the support of her friends and family. 

The Metropolitan Police Department confirmed Wednesday that a sexual assault allegation report matching a case number Villa provided was filed Sunday. “It remains under investigation, and nobody has been charged,” Sean Hickman, a spokesman for the Police Department, said in an email. 

Lewandowski did not respond to voicemail or text messages Wednesday seeking comment. 

Villa said she was considering running for Congress in Florida, where she lives. She is being advised by Roger J. Stone Jr., a staunch supporter of Trump who has clashed with Lewandowski. Stone did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on Wednesday. 

Lewandowski was Trump’s campaign manager until he was fired in June 2016, but he has retained ties to the president and recently published a book (written with another former aide, David Bossie) about Trump’s campaign. 

In March 2016, Lewandowski was accused of forcibly grabbing a reporter, Michelle Fields, by the arm when she approached him at a news conference. A misdemeanor battery charge against him was dropped a month later. 

Villa is a singer and songwriter known for her support for Trump. She wore a dress bearing his campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” to the Grammy Awards in February. After that, her album, “I Make the Static,” made the top 15 of the Billboard 200 chart. 

In recent months, sexual harassment allegations have led to resignations across a wide range of industries including entertainment, journalism and technology. Several politicians have also said they will step down or not seek re-election in the face of harassment allegations this month, including Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and Reps. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, and John Conyers Jr, D-Mich. The president, too, has faced allegations of sexual assault and harassment. Villa said she still supported Trump. 

“This has nothing to do with politics,” she said of the report she filed against Lewandowski. “This has everything to do with human decency.”


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Politics

Robert Mueller subpoenas Steve Bannon in Russia probe
Robert Mueller subpoenas Steve Bannon in Russia probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, to testify before a grand jury as part of the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to the Trump campaign, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Lewandowski says he will testify this week in House Russia probe
Lewandowski says he will testify this week in House Russia probe

Corey Lewandowski, President Trump's former campaign manager, said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he will give testimony this week to a House committee probing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  Lewandowski said on WABC-AM radio in New York that he expects to appear before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence...
A look inside the tense, vulgar meeting on immigration
A look inside the tense, vulgar meeting on immigration

When President Donald Trump spoke by phone with Sen. Richard Durbin around 10:15 a.m. last Thursday, he expressed pleasure with Durbin's outline of a bipartisan immigration pact and praised the high-ranking Illinois Democrat's efforts, according to White House officials and congressional aides.  The president then asked if Sen. Lindsey Graham...
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy relishes role as Trump’s fixer, friend and candy man
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy relishes role as Trump’s fixer, friend and candy man

President Donald Trump and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., were alone in the presidential suite on Air Force One, flying east toward Washington in early October, when the president reached for a handful of Starbursts, the fruit-flavored, box-shaped chewy candies.  But instead of unwrapping all of the treats, the president was careful...
‘What do we want? Apology!’ Hundreds of Haiti supporters protest near Mar-a-Lago
‘What do we want? Apology!’ Hundreds of Haiti supporters protest near Mar-a-Lago

  About 500 Haitian-Americans and their supporters used the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to protest derogatory comments President Donald Trump reportedly made about immigrants from majority-black countries.  "What do we want? Apology!" the protesters chanted.  Many wore shirts proclaiming "I love Haiti," while...
More Stories