NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s top campaign manager resigned Wednesday amid allegations of sexual harassment.
Mark Manafort resigned from his role as campaign chairman amid the allegations, a person with knowledge of the matter told CNN.
Manafort resigned from the campaign on Wednesday afternoon, the person told CNN’s Sara Murray.
A campaign spokesman did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
Manander, 61, was Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign chairman, overseeing all of the Republican candidate’s campaign organizations and most of his policy decisions.
A former Trump campaign aide said in a tweet that Manafort had been accused of groping and kissing women without consent in the past.
Manands wife, Jill Harth, issued a statement Thursday saying the allegations were “deeply disturbing.”
“We are deeply disturbed by the allegations made against my husband and look forward to addressing them,” she said.
“We are committed to treating all of our staff with dignity and respect.
I deeply regret the pain this has caused our family, our friends and the nation.”
Trump, who was the presumptive Republican presidential nominee in the 2016 presidential election, said in an interview with “Fox News Sunday” that he did not know of the allegations.
“I don’t know anything about it,” he said.
“We’ve all heard stories, and they’re very serious.
But it’s very hard to prove a negative, I have to tell you.
But I have no idea.”
A former campaign aide who spoke to CNN said Manafort had sexual contact with women while working in the Trump campaign.
“This is a very disturbing and shocking thing,” the aide said.
The New York Times reported on Monday that Manafort and a former business associate, George Papadopoulos, had discussed setting up a secret meeting between the Trump team and Russian officials, including the former Ukrainian prime minister and a senior adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The former aide told CNN that Papadopolous, who had worked in Ukraine for more than a decade, met with Trump in December 2016 and had been asked to speak at a meeting at the Kremlin.
The Times reported that Papdopolous told the Times that the Russians offered to arrange the meeting in exchange for Manafort’s resignation and the release of a dossier on Trump compiled by a former British spy.
“He [Manafort] asked him if he would accept an offer of a $10 million payment and if he had any contacts or contacts in Russia,” the Times said.
Papadopolos said that Manafort then asked him to meet with the Russian ambassador in New York.
The Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, denied the Times’ report, telling CNN that he “did not have any such conversations” with Papadopoulous.
Trump’s campaign said in statement that Manafort resigned voluntarily, and that the campaign was cooperating with the FBI investigation.
“Mr. Manafort’s departure from the Trump Campaign is a necessary and appropriate step,” the statement said.