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Alva Johnson, ex-campaign staffer, accuses Donald Trump of kissing her without consent

February 25, 2019

Alva Johnson, a former Trump 2016 campaign staffer, accused President Trump of kissing her without consent, court documents show.

In interviews with The Washington Post, Ms. Johnson claimed that Mr. Trump tried to kiss her as he left an RV outside a Tampa, Florida, rally in 2016. The lawsuit claims that the alleged kiss was “in the middle of a Florida work event and in front of numerous other Campaign officials.”

She explained that she turned her head and the kiss, which she described as “super-creepy and inappropriate,” fell on the side of her mouth.

“I immediately felt violated because I wasn’t expecting it or wanting it,” she told The Post. “I can still see his lips coming straight for my face.”

The former staffer said she told her boyfriend and parents about the alleged incident, who all told the same story to The Post. She also reached out to an attorney in Florida about two months afterward.

Ms. Johnson filed the lawsuit in Florida Monday and is seeking an unspecified amount for pain and suffering.

The suit accuses the president of a “long history of predatory conduct” and highlights the controversial comments he made on the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape.

“I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait,” Mr. Trump can be heard saying on part of the video. “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”

The suit also accuses the campaign of racial and gender discrimination, claiming that Ms. Johnson, who is black, was underpaid compared to her white and male colleagues.

In a statement to The Post, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied the allegations as “absurd.”

“This never happened and is directly contradicted by multiple highly credible eyewitness accounts,” she wrote in a statement.