Remember Joy Villa? The singer and Trump supporter who wore that MAGA dress to the 2017 Grammys? Well, according to The Associated Press, the potential congressional candidate is filing a sexual assault complaint against Corey Lewandowski, 45’s former campaign manager, for “hitting her twice on her buttocks” at an event in Washington last month.
During a phone interview with the AP, Villa told the news outlet she wanted to come forward, but was “reluctant” due to the possibility of backlash. It wasn’t until a friend who witnessed what happened spoke out and others strongly suggested Villa come forward that she decided to speak publicly about the incidient.
“I didn’t know him at all,” Villa said. “I only knew him by reputation. He broke my trust.”
She went on to describe the incident, in which he allegedly hit her “extremely hard,” as “disgusting and shocking and demeaning.” While Villa initially believed Lewandowski’s actions constituted as sexual harassment, she was told by police that his actions actually constituted as sexual assault. More specifically, they’re classified as a misdemeanor.
“I did nothing wrong,” Villa, who said she was fearful of bringing “shame” on both his and her families, stated. “I realized if he’s not going to respond or apologize to me, I think it’s the right thing to do.”
As the AP notes, this isn’t the first time Lewandowski’s come under fire for lewd behavior. In March 2016, he was hit with a misdemeanor battery charge in the wake of an altercation with a woman news reporter after a Florida conference, though the charges were eventually dropped. He was later fired as Trump’s campaign manager in June 2016.
Villa is considering running for a Florida congressional seat, and recently stated that White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump co-signed her pursuit of a political office.