UPDATE: Corey Lewandowski has been fired from the pro-Trump super PAC Make America Great Again Action after assault allegations became public on Wednesday. Through a spokesperson, Trump confirmed that Lewandowski “will no longer be associated with Trump World.” See the original story below:
Corey Lewandowski stands accused of sexual misconduct yet again.
The longtime Trump aide and 2016 presidential campaign manager stands accused of making “vile and disgusting” sexual advances to Trashelle Odom at a charity event in Las Vegas over the weekend. Trashelle is the wife of Idaho construction executive John Odom. Four people at the event have corroborated her allegations.
“On the evening of September 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada, I attended a dinner to support a charity and spend time with wonderful friends,” Odom said in a statement to POLITICO. “He repeatedly touched me inappropriately, said vile and disgusting things to me, stalked me, and made me feel violated and fearful,” she said, referring to Lewandowski.
“I am coming forward because he needs to be held accountable,” Odom continued. “I am blessed to have a loving husband and family behind me. I want other women to know that you can be heard, too, and together we can stop terrible things like this from happening.”
Lewandowski’s lawyer, celebrity attorney David Chesnoff dismissed the accusations against his client without directly addressing them, telling POLITICO, “Accusations and rumors appear to be morphing by the minute and we will not dignify them with a further response.”
Lewandowski is married with four children. Before serving as the campaign manager of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, Lewandowski worked in Republican politics and grassroots advocacy. These days, he’s the leader of the pro-Trump super PAC, Make America Great Again Action.
Odom was one of about two dozen major Republican donors at the Sunday dinner, which was held at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino’s Benihana restaurant. Odom was seated next to Lewandowski during the gathering, part of a four-day conference held by Victoria’s Voice Foundation, a charity devoted to combating substance abuse. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, to whom Lewandowski serves as an informal adviser, was also among the dinner’s attendees.
Lewandowski allegedly made unwanted sexual advances while groping Trashelle.
Pro-Trump singer Joy Villa filed a police report against Lewandowski, which alleges that he slapped her butt at a Christmas party at Washington, D.C.’s Trump International Hotel.
As Trump’s campaign manager, Florida police charged Lewandowski for simple battery after he yanked then-Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields out of the way of the future president. The local prosecutor decided not to press charges. Lewandowski denied Fields’ accusation until video footage showed the event happened.
John and Trashelle Odom have donated $100,000 to Make America Great Again Action but now want a refund unless the PAC fires Lewandowski.
“I love my wife, and I want accountability now,” John Odom, Trashelle’s husband, said in a statement. “We are exploring our legal options at this time to make sure [Lewandowski] cannot harm anyone else.”