WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- A former Trump campaign staffer filed a lawsuit against President Trump, accusing him of trying to kiss her without her permission during a campaign rally in Florida in 2016.
- In an interview with the Washington Post, she also named two witnesses who allegedly saw the attempted kissing incident.
- However, both witnesses denied seeing anything unprofessional that took place during that time.
A new Florida lawsuit alleges that President Trump kissed a staff member without her consent during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Alva Johnson told the Washington Post that the incident occurred at a meeting of supporters on August 24, 2016, before a rally in Tampa, Florida. As Trump was leaving an RV, Trump grabbed her hand and attempted to kiss her. She said she managed to turn her head so the kiss landed on the side of her mouth.
“I immediately felt violated because I wasn’t expecting it or wanting it. I can still see his lips coming straight for my face,” Johnson said.
She also said that she told her family and boyfriend about the attempted kiss the day the incident took place and later sought advice from a lawyer in Florida on how to handle it.
In a statement to the Post, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied the allegations writing that such incident never happened, and is even contradicted by highly credible eyewitnesses.
Johnson alleged that the kiss was witnessed by the director of the Florida campaign Karen Giorno and former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R). However, the two witnesses refuted Johnson’s statements and told the Post that they did not see it happen.
While Bondi said that as a prosecutor, she should have said something if she witnessed anything inappropriate, yet she’s “one hundred percent” sure no inappropriate thing like that happened, Giorno also said that the kiss “absolutely” never happened.
Citing unspecified damages for emotional pain and suffering, the federal lawsuit that was filed on Monday also alleges that Johnson was discriminated against because she was receiving less salary than her male counterparts.
Johnson joined the Trump campaign in early 2016 and served as its outreach and coalitions director in Alabama.
Source: The HILL