ACCUSED

Alva Johnson, Former Trump Campaign Staffer, Claims in Lawsuit That Trump Kissed Her Without Consent

Alva Johnson—a staffer on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign—has filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump accusing him of kissing her without her consent ahead of rally in Florida. In an interview with The Washington Post, Johnson claims Trump grabbed her hand and leaned in to kiss her on the lips. Johnson claims she turned her head to avoid the kiss, with Trump’s lips landing on the side of her mouth. She called the interaction—which is alleged to have taken place at in Tampa on Aug. 24, 2016—“super-creepy and inappropriate.” She told the Post: “I immediately felt violated because I wasn’t expecting it or wanting it... I can still see his lips coming straight for my face.” In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the allegation was “absurd on its face” and added: “This never happened and is directly contradicted by multiple highly credible eye witness accounts.” Johnson is seeking unspecified damages for emotional pain and suffering. She filed the federal lawsuit in Florida on Monday, which also alleges that the campaign discriminated against Johnson by paying her less than her white male counterparts.