Skip to main content

A former Trump campaign staffer is suing President Donald Trump alleging that he kissed her without her consent during his presidential campaign.

Not only is she suing over the alleged assault, but he's also suing the White House over equal pay, claiming that she was paid less for her work based on race and gender.

Alva Johnson filed the sit on Monday which claims that then-presidential candidate Trump grabbed her hand and forcibly kissed her without her consent inside an RV in Florida in August 2016.

 "Ms. Johnson noticed that Defendant Trump was watching her and appeared to be trying to make eye contact with her," the lawsuit alleges.

After Trump called to his next rally by Secret Service, she told him to "to go in there and 'kick ass.'"

Trump then grasped her hands.

"As Defendant Trump spoke, he tightened his grip on Ms. Johnson's hand and leaned towards her. He moved close enough that she could feel his breath on her skin. Ms. Johnson suddenly realized that Defendant Trump was trying to kiss her on the mouth, and attempted to avoid this by turning her head to the right. Defendant Trump kissed her anyway, and the kiss landed on the corner of her mouth," the suit alleges.

“This accusation is absurd on its face,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said in a statement. “This never happened and is directly contradicted by multiple highly credible eyewitness accounts.”

The lawsuit also alleges there were witnesses to the incident, including then-Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, then-State Director Karen Giorno, and Regional Directors Earl "Tony" Ledbetter, Mitch Tyner, and Nick Corvino.

According to the suit, Bondi smiled and Giorno "grabbed Ms. Johnson's elbow and gave it an approving tug."

Bondi denied the claims in a statement to CNN.

"As a career prosecutor and Attorney General, had I seen anything improper I would have taken action," Bondi said. "I was with the president in the RV and these allegations are false."

Kayleigh McEnany, national press secretary for the Trump campaign, said in a statement to CNN: 

"The Trump campaign has never discriminated based on race, ethnicity, gender, or any other basis. Any allegation suggesting otherwise is off base and unfounded."