Former Trump aide Lewandowski makes deal with prosecutors to avoid felony charges



CNN

Corey Lewandowski, one of Donald Trump’s former top campaign lieutenants, took a plea deal with Las Vegas prosecutors in 2021 on one count of battery stemming from his alleged sexual harassment of the wife of a top Republican donor.

Lewandowski, 49, was publicly accused of making unwanted sexual advances to Trashelle Odom, who is married to Idaho businessman John Odom, at a charity event in Las Vegas in September 2021. At the time, Odom told Politico, which first reported the allegations against Lewandowski and his plea agreement with prosecutors, that the former senior Trump campaign adviser had “harassed” him during the event, made inappropriate physical contact and spoken in sexually graphic terms.

Soon after, Trump’s super PAC announced it was cutting ties with Lewandowski and would instead install former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi to head the fundraising committee it previously chaired.

In a statement to CNN, Lewandowski’s attorneys said their client reached a settlement that “didn’t require any approval.”

“A criminal case was filed, but we’re happy to say the matter has been resolved,” said attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld. “The court imposed conditions that Mr. Lewandowski will comply with and the case will be permanently dismissed.”

Lewandowski has never publicly responded to Odom’s allegations and has not returned requests for comment.

Under the plea agreement, Lewandowski must complete an impulse-training course, perform 50 hours of community service, pay a $1,000 fine and “stay out of trouble,” a person familiar with the matter said. The case against him will be filed within a year if he meets those conditions, this person said.

Despite being removed from Trump’s PAC last year, Lewandowski has remained within the former president’s orbit. He regularly speaks with Trump and appears at his Mar-a-Lago home for events such as right-wing filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza’s “2000 Mules,” a conspiracy-filled documentary about the 2020 election, in early spring. Lewandowski also found himself in at least two Republican campaigns after Odom’s allegations, as an adviser to Ohio Senate hopeful Jane Timken, who lost the primary, and as an adviser to Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Geoff Diehl.

However, the former Trump aide has spent the past year operating under the radar. He hasn’t tweeted since last September and doesn’t appear to be working on the important 2022 midterm races.

Lewandowski also faced simple battery charges in Palm Beach County in connection with an encounter Trump had with then-Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields during the 2016 presidential campaign, though the charges were eventually dropped.

“Well, obviously, I’m very happy,” Lewandowski told CNN in 2016 when the charges were dropped.