Corey Lewandowski has been removed as head of a pro-Trump super Pac and ‘will no longer be associated with Trump World’ after a donor alleged he made unwanted sexual advances, according a spokesperson for former President Donald Trump.
‘Pam Bondi, the very talented and honorable frmr AG of FL, has our complete faith and confidence in taking over MAGA Action. Corey Lewandowski will be going on to other endeavors and we very much want to thank him for his service,’ spokesman Taylor Budowich wrote in a statement posted to Twitter.
Lewandowski’s ouster came hours after Trashelle Odom, the wife of construction company executive John Odom, claimed that the married father of four touched her repeatedly while seated next to her, followed her around, touched her leg and buttocks, and ‘stalked’ her at a charity event held at a Las Vegas Benihana last weekend.
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, pictured with wife Allison, is being accused of making repeated unwanted advances at a Trump donor at a charity event in Las Vegas last weekend
Hours after the allegations emerged, Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich announced that Lewandowski had been removed as head of the pro-Trump super PAC MAGA Action
It will be the second time Lewandowski has been removed from the former president’s orbit after he was fired as his campaign manager in 2016.
He would appear to return in 2017 when Trump offered him a job with his administration, which he rejected, telling friends that it was ‘beneath him,’ the Daily Beast reported.
Three years later Trump appointed him to a Pentagon advisory board in the final weeks of his presidency, which President Joe Biden would block in early February.
Before Odom’s allegations became public, sources close to Trump began urging him to ditch the controversial figure, the Daily Beast also reported.
‘I said to the [former] president you could use some distance from Corey and that he’s embarrassing you,’ one of the sources told the outlet. ‘He should have let go of Corey years ago, so I don’t know if he will now.’
According to Odom’s statement, Lewandowski repeatedly remarked about the size of his genitals, Politico reported. He also ‘described his sexual performance and showed Odom his hotel room key.’
She said Lewandowski, whose lawyer blasted the claims as ‘rumors,’ used expletives while speaking about sex as he repeatedly approached her.
The alleged conduct took place during an event at the Westgate Las Vegas hotel for the Victoria’s Voice Foundation, which focuses on substance abuse. The publication quotes two people who were there who said Odom appeared uncomfortable, and that Lewandowski appeared to be intoxicated.
Lewandowski, with former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (L), spoke outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 3. Bondi will now head up MAGA Action
One person said they saw Odom in tears at an after-party.
‘On the evening of September 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada, I attended a dinner to support a charity and spend time with wonderful friends,’ she said. ‘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.
‘Mrs. Odom stated that over the course of the dinner, Mr. Lewandowski tried to hold her hand, and she pushed his hand away. He touched her leg, and she moved it away. He grabbed her napkin off her lap and tried to touch her leg again, and she pulled her dress over her leg, to move his hand away and cover her skin,’ Odom’s lawyer wrote.
The alleged events took place at the Westgate hotel in Las Vegas
Lewandowski served as campaign manager during the key early stages of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, but was fired
The account describes the alleged unwanted advances beginning at a dinner, where the two were seated next to one another.
‘I am coming forward because he needs to be held accountable,’ Odom said. ‘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 lawyers David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld responded to the allegations with a single-line statement to DailyMail.com. It said: ‘Accusations and rumors appear to be morphing by the minute and we will not dignify them with a further response.’
Lewandowski married Allison Hardy in 2005 and the couple has four children.
He was charged with assault for allegedly grabbing a Breitbart reporter during 2016 campaign, but charges were dropped.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem dismissed rumors that she was having an extramarital affair with Trump confidant Corey Lewandowski as ‘total garbage’ and a ‘disgusting lie’ rooted in sexism
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has been married to her husband, Bryon Noem since 1992
According to the Odom statement, ‘He touched her back and she tried to get away. He described an area where he was sore from a workout, on the side of his butt, but he demonstrated this by touching her there—on the upper side of her rear end. Lewandowski tried to touch her approximately 10 times, and Mrs. Odom always rebuffed him.’
The allegations came at the same time that rumors emerged that married South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem was having an affair with Lewandowski.
Conservative news site American Greatness claimed to have multiple sources with direct knowledge that Noem, a rising star in the Republican Party, was in the midst of a sexual relationship with Lewandowski.
‘These rumors are total garbage and a disgusting lie,’ Noem said in a tweet Wednesday afternoon. ‘These old, tired attacks on conservative women are based on a falsehood that we can’t achieve anything without a man’s help. I love Bryon. I’m proud of the God-fearing family we’ve raised together. Now I’m getting back to work.’
The governor married Byron Noem when she was 20. The couple has three kids.
American Greatness claimed the affair had been going on for months and that Noem’s chief of staff Joshua Shields had resigned due to Lewandowski’s butting in.