White House denies accusation of unwanted Trump kiss during campaign

Washington - The White House on Monday denied an accusation by a former member of US President Donald Trump's campaign that he kissed her without her consent while campaigning in 2016.

"This accusation is absurd on its face," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in an email to dpa. "This never happened and is directly contradicted by multiple highly credible eye witness accounts."
The former campaign staffer, Alva Johnson, filed a lawsuit on Monday accusing Trump of kissing her on the lips as he stepped off his campaign vehicle ahead of a rally in Tampa, Florida on August 24, 2016.
Johnson, 43, said in the lawsuit that the incident occurred after she told him she had been on the road with the campaign for months and after she urged him to "kick ass" during his rally.
"Defendant Trump grasped her hand and did not let go," according to the lawsuit. "He told her he knew she had been on the road for a long time and that she had been doing a great job. He also told Ms Johnson that he would not forget about her, and that he was going to take care of her."
Johnson said she turned her face to avoid his kiss but it "landed on the corner of her mouth." She said afterwards she was shocked as well as "confused and humiliated."
Johnson is seeking unspecified damages for emotional pain and suffering. The lawsuit also alleges that the campaign discriminated against Johnson, who is black, by paying her less than her white male counterparts.

Monday, February 25th 2019

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