Joy Villa, the singer who wore a Trump flag to the Grammys, has filed a complaint with police alleging that former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski sexually assaulted her in front of witnesses at a party in November.
POLITICO, which first reported the incident last Friday, says today that Villa has now officially reported Lewandowski to the Metropolitan Police Department.
She said that she told a detective she wanted to file a sexual harassment claim – but was informed that the incident she was describing was considered a misdemeanor and that it belonged with the sex assault unit.
“The detective I talked to said that sexual harassment is what happens in the workforce,” Villa said in an interview on Tuesday. “The detective told me, ‘what you describe happened to you is sexual assault.’”
Villa said she is planning a trip to Washington to meet with investigators.
Villa is a protege of Nixonian ratf*ker Roger Stone, who previously tried to spread rumors that the married Lewandowski was having an affair with White House communications director Hope Hicks. Stone’s rivalry with Lewandowski dates to 2015, when like many Trump confidants, he was sidelined as Lewandowski rose
During his months on the campaign, Lewandowski kept everyone separated from his candidate — including the Trump family. He was especially keen on personally escorting protesters out of rallies, threatening to “blacklist” reporters, and alternately screaming at Hope Hicks or admiring her looks.
Upon meeting Lewandowski at the party, Villa had told POLITICO, she found him “dismissive.” Lewandowski “rolled his eyes when he thought she wanted to pose for a photo with him,” Villa said.
“I’m wearing this silver suit and stretchy pants, and after the photo, he smacks my ass really hard,” Villa recounted. She described the experience, which took place in front of witnesses, as “completely demeaning and shocking.”
Villa said she warned Lewandowski that she might file a sexual harassment charge, but he was not deterred. “He said, ‘Go ahead, I work in the private sector,’” Villa told POLITICO. “Then he smacks my ass again.”
At least two corroborating witnesses are said to be available for police. Once they make their recommendation, prosecutors must decide whether to pursue charges.
Florida police charged Lewandowski with misdemeanor battery of Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields in March 2016, but prosecutors ultimately declined to pursue the case.
Fields was trying to ask Trump a question about affirmative action as he wandered a crowded room when Lewandowski grabbed her arm, leaving bruises.
The incident was captured on video and audio, yet Lewandowski denied even knowing Fields; Donald Trump defended Lewandowski in his tweets, while the campaign said he would stay in his job even if he was convicted.
Fields quit Breitbart News when it became clear that CEO Steve Bannon preferred to protect Donald Trump rather than his own reporters. Bannon, who has his own history of violence with women, would eventually take the central leadership role in the Trump campaign after sidelining Lewandowski and Paul Manafort.
Not surprisingly, Trump is giving the Republican Party a severe problem with women voters.
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