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Former campaign staffer drops lawsuit claiming Trump forcibly kissed her
By Yaron Steinbuch
September 5, 2019 | 3:12pm
Trump’s lawyers say video proves he didn’t forcibly kiss staffer

A former campaign staffer for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump who accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2016 campaign rally has decided to drop her lawsuit, according to a report.

“I’m fighting against a person with unlimited resources, and repeatedly the judicial system has failed to find fault in his behavior,” Alva Johnson, 44, told The Daily Beast. “That’s a huge mountain to climb.”

Johnson, 43, an outreach director for Trump in Alabama and Florida, has alleged that he went for a lip-lock outside a rally in Tampa on Aug. 24, 2016.

“I immediately felt violated because I wasn’t expecting it or wanting it,” she told the Washington Post in February, when she filed suit. “I can still see his lips coming straight for my face.”

Johnson, an African-American mom of four from Alabama, said she turned her head to avoid the smooch, which landed on her cheek instead.

In June, a judge tossed Johnson’s lawsuit, which also included claims of sex and racial discrimination, saying her complaint was politically motivated and gave her 30 days to file an amended version.

The following month, the president’s lawyers released a video that they argued contradicted Johnson’s claims.

Alva Johnson
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In the 15-second clip, Johnson could be heard telling Trump that she had been “away from my family for eight months for you.”

Trump then grabbed her by the shoulders and kissed her right cheek, as she said, “We’re going to get you in the White House. I’ll see you in February.”

But Johnson’s lawyer, Hassan Zavareei, told The Daily Beast that the footage “shows Trump grabbing Alva by the shoulders, pulling her into him, and kissing her in front of numerous co-workers and others” and that it proved his client was “telling the truth about what her employer did to her.”

Alva Johnson and Donald Trump

Zavareei described Trump as “the most powerful sexual predator on the face of the Earth,” in light of the over a dozen other women who have leveled allegations of misconduct against Trump, including attempted rape, groping and forcible kisses.

Trump’s attorney Charles Harder told the news outlet Thursday that Johnson’s decision to drop the case “represents total victory for President Trump, and fully vindicates him of Johnson’s false accusations.”

Harder added that the president is “weighing” his legal options over Johnson’s alleged violations of her non-disclosure agreement with the campaign.

“Just as the president defeated the Stormy Daniels’ lawsuit and obtained an order requiring her to pay his legal fees, so too should Alva Johnson reimburse the President’s legal fees and costs incurred here,” he said.
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