Dr Albert Hazzouri, 65, turned himself into to the authorities in Lackawanna County last week and was arraigned on June 29 on misdemeanor counts of indecent assault and harassment.
Hazzouri is best known for writing in 2017 a pitch for an oversight committee on dental spending on stationary from Trump’s Mar-o-Lago resort, where he is a member, and addressing the then-president as ‘Dear King.’
Dr Albert Hazzouri, 65, a Scranton dentist and Donald Trump’s golfing partner, has been charged with misdemeanor counts of indecent assault and harassment. Hazzouri is pictured right in his mugshot from late June
Hazzouri is seen arriving for his arraignment in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, on June 29
On May 20, a female patient at Hazzouri Dental in Scranton went to the police, claiming that Dr Hazzouri groped her over her clothing after an appointment at his office at 600 Lackawanna Avenue, as The Times-Tribune first reported.
According to charging documents, Hazzouri offered to walk his patient to her car following a dental procedure. As they were going down a flight of stairs, the dentist allegedly asked if the woman would get on his back.
The patient refused, but Hazzouri allegedly backed into her and wrapped his hands around her buttocks.
The documents alleged that Hazzouri also groped the patient’s breasts and groin area over her clothes before she got in her car and drove away.
The victim immediately went to the police and reported the alleged assault.
Hazzouri is best known for writing in 2017 a note on stationary from Trump’s Mar-o-Lago resort, and addressing the then-president as ‘Dear King’
Detectives set up a recorded phone call between the victim and Hazzouri, on which the dentist allegedly apologized for making a mistake, saying he did not realize what he was doing until it was over.
Hazzouri then allegedly offered the woman free dental care for life for her troubles.
Hazzouri was released from jail after posting $75,000 bail. He is due back in court on July 20.
If convicted as charged, the dentist could face up to two years in prison.
According to multiple published reports, Hazzouri has enjoyed a close relationship with Trump for many years, and is a member of his golf clubs at Bedminster, New Jersey, and West Palm Beach, Florida.
In 2015, Hazzouri was a guest at Mar-o-Lago’s New Year’s Eve party, as photos taken at the event show.
Hazzouri, pictured above with wife, Lauren, at an even in Palm Beach, Florida, was said to have offered the victim of the assault free dental care for life
During a campaign speech at Lackawanna College in Scranton in 2016, Trump appeared to point to Hazzouri in the crowd, saying: ‘Stand up, Albert; where the hell are you, Albert? Stand up, Albert. He’s a good golfer, but I’m actually a better golfer than him, right?’
Just months after Trump took office, ProPublica reported that Hazzouri passed Trump a handwritten note on Mar-o-Lago stationary, asking the president to set up a meeting with the American Dental Association to discuss creating an oversight committee to curb federal spending on dental care for veterans, Native Americans and underprivileged children.
The letter opened with the words, ‘Dear King, good seeing you this weekend,’ and closed with, ‘Love you President.’
Hazzouri later tried to distance himself from the failed lobbying effort, claiming he wrote the note as a favor, had only a vague understanding of the policy proposal and was merely a ‘small-time dentist.’
In 2018, Hazzoui again sparked a controversy by attempting to use his friendship with the president to obtain a dental license in Florida without bothering to fill out all the necessary paperwork, as Politico reported at the time.
In a letter to the state licensing board, Hazzouri wrote in part: ‘As the dentist and personal friend of the President of the United States, I am writing to you with a request to grant me a license to practice in the state of Florida.’
Hazzouri ultimately withdrew his application after being slammed by the Florida Board of Dentistry for trying to circumvent the licensing process.