Joy Villa, the singer known for wearing a “Make America Great Again” dress to the Grammys earlier this year, has filed a police report against Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager, over an incident which allegedly took place last month at the Trump International Hotel in D.C. The story was first reported by Politico.
Villa and Lewandowski were posing for a photo together at a holiday party in honor of president Trump’s first year in office, and after the photo was taken, Villa told Politico, “he smacks my ass really hard. It was completely demeaning and shocking.” Villa responded by telling Lewandowski that she could report him for sexual assault, to which he reportedly said “Go ahead, I work in the private sector” and slapped her butt again.
“It was like my bubble burst,” she told Politico. “It’s how every woman feels when she is sexually harassed.”
The incident was corroborated to Politico by a friend of Villa’s, who wished to remain anonymous.
Villa, who is considering a congressional run in Florida, said that she chose not to immediately come forward about the assault for fear of Lewandowski retaliating against her. In fact, she did not reach out to Politico to tell her story—the outlet was tipped off about the incident by an eye-witness and reached out to the singer, who then agreed to speak on the record. Villa adds that the current culture of outing powerful abusers helped her decide to speak up about Lewandowski.
According to CNN, Villa filed her report against the former campaign manager on December 24.
We have reached out to Villa for comment and will update this post if we hear back.