Trump Golfing Buddy Charged With Groping Patient
If, as Donald Trump said on the infamous “Access Hollywood” video, it’s OK to grab women “by the p***y” it must be OK for me, too. Maybe that’s what Trump golfing buddy Albert Hazzouri Jr., a dentist, was thinking in May when he allegedly cornered a patient in a stairwell and grabbed her buttocks, breasts and groin.
Hazzouri was charged with indecent assault last week in Pennsylvania over the incident. Police charging documents allege that the 65-year-old dentist from Scranton, Pa., groped the woman after performing a dental procedure on her. In an affidavit, Scranton Police Detective Dina Albanesi wrote that Hazzouri offered to walk the woman to her car. Then – when the two were in a stairwell – Hazzouri allegedly told the patient to “get on his back.” The woman told him no, police said.
“Hazzouri backed up into her, wrapped his hands around her and grabbed her buttocks and squeezed them,” Albanesi wrote. At the bottom of the stairs, she wrote, Hazzouri also grabbed the woman’s breasts and groin. The woman went to police headquarters the same day, according to a police affidavit. Albanesi had the woman call Hazzouri on a recorded line. During that call Trump’s golfing pal essentially admitted to what he had done. “He stated it was a mistake and [he] didn’t realize he did it until after it was over,” the detective wrote. “He apologized and offered her free dental needs as long as she lives.”
Hazzouri appears to be a longtime customer of Trump’s businesses. He appears in photos of Mar-a-Lago’s New Year’s Eve party in 2015. He was listed in U.S. Golf Association records as belonging to Trump’s golf clubs in Bedminster, N.J., and West Palm Beach, Fla., in 2017.
During a 2016 campaign rally in Scranton, Trump appeared to call out Hazzouri from the stage. “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?” Trump said.
After Trump took office, The Washington Post reported that Hazzouri had become one of Trump’s regular golfing partners.
The next year, Hazzouri tried to use his connection to Trump to obtain a dentistry license in Florida, according to a letter he wrote to the state. Hazzouri said he was “the dentist and personal friend of President Trump,” and that Trump wanted him to set up an office in the state to treat the first family. That effort, first reported by Politico, was unsuccessful. Hazzouri did not obtain a Florida license.
Each of the three misdemeanor charges against Hazzouri carry a penalty of up to two years in prison, or up to a $5,000 fine. He was released on $75,000 bail, according to court records. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 20.