A top Trump donor accused Corey Lewandowski, the longtime political aide to the former president Trump, of making unwanted sexual advances toward her at a Las Vegas charity event last weekend.
Trashelle Odom, the wife of top Idaho businessman John Odom, told Politico that Lewandowski repeatedly touched her leg and buttocks, spoke in sexually graphic terms, and “stalked” her. The incident allegedly occurred Sunday during an event for the Victoria’s Voice Foundation, which works to combat substance abuse. Four people who attended the event corroborated Odom’s account, Politico reports.
“He repeatedly touched me inappropriately, said vile and disgusting things to me, stalked me, and made me feel violated and fearful,” Odom said. Along with being concerned with her physical safety, she added that “I was also fearful that Corey has the power to destroy and ruin everything my husband and I have been working on in our business, personal, and charitable endeavors.”
Lewandowski, who served as Trump’s first campaign manager in 2016, has been fundraising for Trump’s Make America Great Again Action super-PAC and remains in the former president’s orbit, according to the report. Following the allegation, a Trump spokesperson told the New York Times that “Corey Lewandowski will be going on to other endeavors and we very much want to thank him for his service. He will no longer be associated with Trump World.”
However, he has been kicked out and welcomed back in before. In 2016, he was arrested and charged with battery after grabbing a Breitbart reporter who was trying to ask Trump a question; months after the incident, he was fired from the Trump campaign. The charge was later dropped. In 2017, pro-Trump singer Joy Villa also accused Lewandowski of unwanted touching.
“Accusations and rumors appear to be morphing by the minute and we will not dignify them with a further response,” David Chesnoff, Lewandowski’s attorney, told Politico in response to the recent allegations.