A former staffer for Donald Trump's presidential bid has accused the campaign's then-North Carolina state director of pointing a loaded handgun at him.
Vincent Bordini filed a civil lawsuit in state court against the Trump campaign and recent state director Earl Phillip. The lawsuit alleges assault and battery and seeks monetary damages for emotional distress. Bordini says Trump's national campaign leadership refused to address the February incident.
Wednesday's lawsuit — first reported on by WBTV in Charlotte — says Bordini and Phillip were traveling in the director's Jeep to "check on campaign volunteers at a hotel in Greenville on Feb. 13 during the GOP primary in South Carolina. According to the lawsuit, Phillip suddenly pulled out a gun and pressed the barrel to his kneecap.
"Phillip’s gun was loaded and the safety was off. A bump in the road would likely result in a bullet hole, and worse, in Vincent’s knee,” the complaint alleges.
Bodini says he reported the inicident to Stuart Jolly, described in the lawsuit as Trump Campaign's national field director, and then told then-Trump Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski a month later — but "nothing happened."
Phillip told The Associated Press Wednesday he resigned as state director and deputy chair of Trump's National Diversity Coalition, referring further questions to his lawyer.
The lawsuit also claims at least two other campaign members also had a gun pulled on them by Phillip, WBTV reported.