Corey Lewandowski has been involved in several controversies including at least two harassment claims and a battery charge.
- Sexual Harassment Allegations: Lewandowski was accused of making unwanted sexual advances towards Trashelle Odom, a major Trump donor, at a Las Vegas charity event in September 2021. Odom alleged that Lewandowski touched her inappropriately, made lewd comments, and followed her around the hotel. These allegations led to his removal from his position overseeing a pro-Trump super PAC.
- Misdemeanor Battery Charge: Following the incident with Odom, Lewandowski was charged with misdemeanor battery. He agreed to a deal involving eight hours of impulse control counseling, 50 hours of community service, and a requirement to stay out of trouble for a year, along with paying a $1,000 fine. As part of this agreement, he did not have to admit guilt, and the charges would be dismissed once he met the conditions.
- History of Unwanted Touching: In late 2017, singer Joy Villa filed a police report alleging Lewandowski slapped her buttocks during a holiday party. Additionally, in 2016, he faced a battery charge for yanking the arm of a reporter, Michelle Fields, at a Trump event, though the charges were later dropped.
- Interpersonal Issues and Temperament Concerns: Lewandowski has been known for his fiery confrontations and aggressive behavior. During his tenure at Americans for Prosperity, there were several instances where his interpersonal style was seen as undermining his effectiveness as a manager. This included a reported incident where he berated a female employee and used derogatory language.
These controversies have significantly impacted Lewandowski’s career, leading to his removal from key positions and affecting his associations within political circles.