Lawsuit Accuses Trump of Kissing Campaign Worker Without Her Consent

Carlos Barria/File Photo/Reuters

A woman who worked on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign sued the president on Monday, accusing him of kissing her without consent before a 2016 rally in Tampa, Florida.

Alva Johnson said in the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Florida’s Middle District, that the alleged incident was “part of a pattern of predatory and harassing behavior towards women” by Trump.

“This accusation is absurd on its face,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement. “This never happened and is directly contradicted by multiple highly credible eye witness accounts.”

Trump has denied charges by a number of women who said he groped and kissed them over a period of years without permission.

The lawsuit alleges the encounter occurred inside a campaign RV before a rally on Aug. 24, 2016. While leaving a meeting in the vehicle, Trump gripped Johnson by the hand and leaned in so close that she felt his breath, the lawsuit says.

Johnson turned her head, trying to avoid a kiss, but Trump still managed to kiss the corner of her mouth, the lawsuit says. Johnson claims Trump had to move deliberately because her face was framed by a baseball cap.

“She felt confused and humiliated,” the lawsuit said.

High-profile Trump supporters including then-Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Trump’s Florida campaign director Karen Giorno were in the RV at the time, the lawsuit said. Both told the Washington Post, which first reported the lawsuit, that they saw nothing inappropriate.

Johnson is seeking financial damages and a court order to prohibit Trump “from grabbing, kissing or otherwise assaulting or harassing women without prior express consent.”

According to the lawsuit, Johnson called her partner and her parents in tears the day of the encounter with Trump and described what had happened. She said fellow campaign workers subsequently joked about the kiss after Giorno shared details.

In a phone interview on Monday, Johnson’s lawyer, Hassan Zavareei, rejected the White House denial and said the witness accounts were not credible.

He said Johnson, 43, a mother of four living in Alabama, was not available for an interview and worries about her family’s safety as a result of the lawsuit.

The lawsuit said Johnson also experienced discrimination as one of the campaign’s few female and African-American staff members. She earned less than her colleagues and experienced “a larger culture of racist and sexist behavior,” the lawsuit said.

(Additional reporting by Steve Holland in Washington, D.C.; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Howard Goller)

What do you think?

Comments

newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Timoteo Suazo
Member

Russian Collusion failed, obstruction of justice failed…time to go back to false accusations from attention seeking women.

James
Member

Sounds like a bought and paid for (by the DNC) unsubstantiated complaint against Trump. Just like all of the liars (“victims”) during the Judge Kavanaugh hearing, guess we are supposed to “believe the woman” without a scintilla of proof who is most likely being paid and used for political purposes by the Left to discredit a target they don’t like. A complaint from three years ago just doesn’t pass the smell test! Most people cannot recall what they had for dinner last evening.

Rocky Drummond
Member

“Both told the Washington Post, which first reported the lawsuit, that they saw nothing inappropriate.”

The abence of evidence isn’t proof that it never happened. The existence of evidence helps prove whether it did happen.

Loading…

0

Comments

0 comments

Pro-Trump Political Group Launches Ad Campaign to Back Border Emergency Declaration

Donald Trump Jr. Jokes About Chicago: You’ll Get Shot in ‘Two Seconds’ for Wearing a MAGA Hat