Donald Trump accused of forcefully kissing 43-year-old who worked on his 2016 presidential campaign; woman files case
Alva Johnson said in the lawsuit, filed in US District Court in Florida’s Middle District, that the alleged incident was “part of a pattern of predatory and harassing behaviour towards women” by Trump.
Alva Johnson said in the lawsuit that the alleged incident was part of a pattern of predatory and harassing behaviour towards women by Trump
Trump has denied charges by a number of women who said he groped and kissed them over a period of years without permission
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.
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 US District Court in Florida’s Middle District, that the alleged incident was “part of a pattern of predatory and harassing behaviour 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 24 August, 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 behaviour,” the lawsuit said.
Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.
President-elect Joe Biden picks William Burns as CIA chief; career diplomat set stage for Iran nuclear deal
Burns has deep experience in security and intelligence matters after spending over three decades in the US foreign service, including a stint as ambassador to Russia from 2005 to 2008
Twitter banned the US President's personal account, citing 'risk of further incitement of violence' following the insurrection at the US Capitol on Wednesday
The outgoing president described his scheduled impeachment in the House of Representatives on Wednesday a "continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics"