Former Trump Campaign Manager Accused Of Sexual Assault

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Singer Joy Villa has filed a sexual assault complaint against President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

Villa, who recently wore a "Make America Great Again" gown at the Grammys, said Lewandowski slapped her on the butt during a gathering at the Trump International Hotel in Washington the day after Thanksgiving, the Daily Mail reported.

Villa told CNN Lewandowski "was drinking" and "appeared to be in bad spirits" that night.

"He grabbed me very boisterously, unexpectedly," Villa recalled, adding that she thought he was just "acting like a clown." After taking a photo together, Villa said Lewandowski "smacked my a*s really hard, almost violent in nature."

When Villa told Lewandowski that she could report him for sexual harassment, she said he responded by saying, "I work in the private sector," and smacked her again.

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Villa said Lewandowski then "laughed and walked away." She called his behavior "boorish and over the top."

"I just spoke with the detective and it officially qualifies as sexual assault," Villa said.

"I didn't know him at all," Villa added, according to the Daily Mail. "I only knew him by reputation. He broke my trust."

The singer, who is considering running for a Florida congressional seat, said she was initially hesitant to come forward with the accusations because she feared backlash and did not want to cause shame or embarrassment to her family or Lewandowski's.

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"I was initially fearful to come forward with this," Villa explained. "I did nothing wrong. I realized if he's not going to respond or apologize to me, I think it's the right thing to do."

Villa ultimately decided to call police on Christmas Eve after a friend who witnessed the assault spoke about it publicly. She said she plans to meet with detectives in January to further discuss the complaint against Lewandowski.

These are not the first police charges filed against Lewandowski. He was previously charged with misdemeanor battery in March 2016 for a incident involving a female reporter following a news conference in Florida. Those charges were dropped.

"This issue of sexual harassment and sexual assault is a nonpartisan issue," Villa told CNN. "Democrat or Republican, all of us should join to combat this."

Lewandowski was fired as Trump's campaign manager in June 2016. Villa made headlines earlier this year after wearing a gown that featured the president's signature campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" at the Grammys.

"You can either stand for what you believe in or fall for what you don't," she wrote on the caption of an Instagram post explaining the dress. "Agree to disagree."

Sources: Daily Mail, CNN / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Twitter, Screenshot via Twitter

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