Former Trump campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiHouse panel releases long-awaited transcripts from Russia probe Hillicon Valley — Presented by Facebook — FCC fines mobile carriers 0M for selling user data | Twitter verified fake 2020 candidate | Dems press DHS to complete election security report | Reddit chief calls TikTok spyware Rod Blagojevich joins app where people can pay for personalized video message MORE told Fox Business Network host Charles Payne on Wednesday that he would deal with the sexual assault allegation leveled against him in the same way Payne did when he was faced with a similar situation earlier this year.

“Well, Charles, I think as someone who has been through this, you understand that there is a due process and there is a process which they will go through to determine a person’s innocence, which I think you’ve been through, and you understand it and you respect it,” Lewandowski said.  


The interview came one day after reports that pro-Trump singer Joy Villa had filed a sexual assault report against Lewandowski after he allegedly slapped her buttocks at a recent holiday party.

Payne himself was suspended from his network in July while an internal investigation into claims of sexual harassment against him took place. He returned to his show in September. 

The Fox Business host on Wednesday pushed his guest to respond to Villa's accusation, asking what would have motivated a Trump supporter like Villa to level the accusations at Lewandowski. 

“That’s a question for her. I’m not here to speak for Joy,” Lewandowski responded. “What I am going to do is to let the process play forward just as you did when you were accused of sexual harassment in your own case.”

Villa said the incident was "completely demeaning and shocking," and that a detective advised her to file an assault report instead of a harassment report after hearing her side of the story.