WASHINGTON – Corey Lewandowski was removed from his role overseeing a super PAC supporting former President Donald Trump after a donor claimed to have sexually harassed her at a charity event in Las Vegas over the weekend.
Pam Bondi, a former Florida attorney general who works at the super PAC, Make America Great Again Action, will succeed Lewandowski, Trump PAC leadership spokesperson, Save America, tweeted Wednesday.
“Pam Bondi, the very talented and honorable frmr AG of FL, has our full faith and confidence in the takeover of MAGA Action,” wrote spokesperson Taylor Budowich. “Corey Lewandowski will continue other efforts and we really want to thank him for his service. He will no longer be associated with Trump World.”
Politico reported that Trashelle Odom, the wife of an Idaho construction executive, accused Lewandowski of repeatedly touching her and speaking to her in graphic terms during the charity event. The political news site cited four first-hand witnesses at the event and two more who described conversations with Odom after the alleged incident. NBC News has not been able to independently confirm the Politico information.
“He repeatedly touched me inappropriately, said vile and disgusting things to me, harassed me and made me feel violated and fearful,” Odom said in a statement to Politico.
“I am running because he must be held responsible,” she added in the statement. “I am fortunate 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 prevent terrible things like this from happening. “
Contacted by NBC News, Lewandowski referred to a statement by Las Vegas attorney representing David Chesnoff that “the accusations and rumors seem to be turning minute by minute and we won’t honor them with another. reply”.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem severed ties with Lewandowski, who served as his political adviser for the past year, in response to the allegations. His spokesman, Ian Fury, said Lewandowski “will not advise the governor regarding campaign or official office,” adding that he was a “volunteer” and had “never paid a penny “from his campaign or the government of South Dakota, according to the Associated Press.
In 2016 Lewandowski, then Trump’s campaign manager, was arrested and charged with bodily harm for intentionally grabbing and injuring a journalist’s arm. Weeks later, authorities in Florida dropped the charges, saying there was not enough evidence to convict him.
Hallie jackson contributed.