Former Trump campaign manger Corey Lewandowski appeared on Charles Payne's show on Fox Business Network and discussed the sexual assault allegations leveled against him by pro-Trump celebrity Joy Villa.
In a phone interview from Tampa, Florida, Villa said she was initially reluctant to come forward because she was anxious about any backlash.
"I did nothing wrong", Villa said in a phone interview, as cited by The Guardian.
She told the U.S. media she spoke to the police on Christmas Eve, having been persuaded to launch a formal complaint by friends. "He broke my trust". She told the Associated Press she plans to meet with detectives next week about the complaint.
She alleges he hit her once on the buttocks, and when she asked him to stop and joked about reporting him for sexual harassment, he did it again. "It was completely demeaning and shocking".
"I was initially fearful to come forward with this", she said, adding that she did not want to embarrass either of their families.
"I said, 'Watch it, ‴ she told Politico".
Villa, who's considering a run for a Florida congressional seat as a Republican, told Politico last week that she was introduced to Lewandowski by a mutual friend at an invite-only party thrown by the Trump campaign to celebrate the president's first year in office.
"I realized if he's not going to respond or apologize to me, I think it's the right thing to do", she told the AP on Tuesday.
The former campaign manager did not respond to a request from news outlet for comment. In March 2016 he was charged with misdemeanor battery for an altercation involving a female reporter after a news conference in Florida.