Singer Joy Villa says she has filed a sexual assault report about Corey Lewandowski, President Trump’s first 2016 election campaign manager, following a recent incident in Washington, D.C.
“The detective I talked to said that sexual harassment is what happens in the workforce,” she told Politico Tuesday of her report with the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
“The detective told me, ‘what you describe happened to you is sexual assault,’” Villa added of her accusations against Lewandowski.
“I feared that it could backfire on me. Ten times out of 10 the woman gets blamed no matter what.”
A MPD spokeswoman on Tuesday confirmed that a case number Villa provided to Politico had been filed as a sexual assault.
The case’s paperwork was still pending, the spokeswoman added, pending approval from a ranking MPD officer.
Villa on Tuesday said she initially wanted to file a sexual harassment claim, but a MPD officer told her she was instead describing a misdemeanor belonging with the sex assault unit.
The singer also revealed she had given the MPD the names of two eyewitnesses who observed Lewandowski’s alleged misconduct when she filed her report last Sunday.
Villa told Politico last week that a mutual friend introduced her to Lewandowski last month at an invite-only party at the Trump International Hotel in D.C.
“I’m wearing this silver suit and stretchy pants, and after the photo, he smacks my a-s really hard,” she said of their encounter after a picture opportunity.
“He said, ‘Go ahead, I work in the private sector,’” Villa added of Lewandowski’s response to her vowing she would accuse him of sexual harassment. “Then he smacks my a-s again.”
Villa turned heads earlier this year by wearing a dress emblazoned with Trump’s “Make America Great Again” 2016 election campaign slogan to the Grammy Awards.
Lewandowski exited Trump’s campaign last year following accusations he forcefully grabbed then-Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields’ arm during a campaign event in Florida.