White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied claims that President Donald Trump had kissed a 2016 campaign staffer without her consent.
Johnson alleges that President Trump forcibly kissed her in front of several campaign officials.
“Like he has done with so many other women, Defendant Trump violated norms of decency and privacy by kissing Ms. Johnson on the lips without her consent in the middle of a Florida work event and in front of numerous other Campaign officials.”
Johnson’s attorney argues that the president has a long history of sexual harassment, pointing to the “Access Hollywood” tape, in which the president was recorded saying his fame allowed him to inappropriately grab women.
Beyond the kiss, Johnson alleges that she faced racial and gender discrimination because she was paid less than her white male counterparts while serving as Alabama’s Director of Outreach and Coalitions for the Trump campaign.
Johnson told the Washington Post that she felt the president was “super creepy.”
“I immediately felt violated because I wasn’t expecting it or wanting it,” Johnson told the Post. “I can still see his lips coming straight for my face.”
As the lawsuit notes, Johnson claimed the kiss happened in front of other high ranking officials in Florida. She listed several witnesses by name, including former state Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.), but none of the witnesses contacted by the Washinton Post supported Johnson’s claims.
In an interview, Bondi told the Post:
“Do I recall seeing anything inappropriate? One hundred percent no. I’m a prosecutor, and if I saw something inappropriate, I would have said something.”
In a statement to Fox News, Sanders denied the incident ever took place, calling Johnson’s claims “absurd,” adding, “This never happened and is directly contradicted by multiple highly credible eye witness accounts.”
Although she has yet to list a dollar amount, Johnson is seeking damages due to the emotional pain and suffering she claims to have from the alleged incident.