“I thought the worst that would happen to him would be something dumb like walking on someone’s property,” Mandel said. “What is alleged of him is so out of the ordinary for him. No one could have envisioned that.”
Lewis had been a Scientologist but dropped out in his early 20s, Mandel said. The move could have caused some friction between Lewis and some of his family, who also were Scientologists, although they had been trying to help him out with his troubled, Mandel said.
Mandel said he recommended treatment for Lewis but he declined it.
“I don’t think he acknowledged he struggled with drugs,” he said. “He felt that he was fine. I know he self-treated, but I don’t know if he was an addict. It’s certainly a possibility.”
Lewis’ career spanned more than a decade, mainly in small roles. Among his credits were “AVPR: Aliens vs Predator _ Requiem,” two seasons on TV’s “The O.C.” and “Malcolm in the Middle.” He was on “Sons of Anarchy” in 2008 and 2009 before his character was killed off.