Joy Villa, the singer who turned heads at the 2017 Grammy Awards thanks to her choice of a pro-Trump “Make America Great Again” dress, said Tuesday that she had filed a sexual assault complaint against former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski for inappropriately touching her buttocks last month.
“I didn’t know him at all,” Villa said of Lewandowski, the Associated Press reported. “I only knew him by reputation. He broke my trust.
According to Villa, the incident occurred at a gathering at the Trump International Hotel the day after Thanksgiving. Lewandowski allegedly smacked her on the buttocks “extremely hard,” once and then again after she told him to stop. Villa felt his behavior was “disgusting and shocking and demeaning.”
The Tampa, Florida, native – who announced in October that she is considering a congressional run representing her home state – claimed that she did not plan to come forward with the allegation at first because she was worried about a backlash. Villa only called Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department on Christmas Eve after a friend who witnessed the incident spoke about it publicly.
“I was initially fearful to come forward with this,” she said, adding that she did not want to cast shame on either his family or his. She originally intended to file a sexual harassment claim, but police explained that touching any body part considered sexual in nature is classified as sexual assault and punishable as a misdemeanor.
Despite her initial hesitation, Villa remains certain that she did the right thing.
“I did nothing wrong,” she said. “I realized if he’s not going to respond or apologize to me, I think it’s the right thing to do.”