Alva Johnson, a member of candidate Trump's National Strike Team and the operations administrative director for the state of Florida during his general election campaign, has filed a lawsuit against the President for kissing her without consent.
The Washington Post broke the story Monday morning:
Trump grabbed her hand and leaned in to kiss her on the lips as he exited an RV outside the rally in Tampa on Aug. 24, 2016. Johnson said she turned her head and the unwanted kiss landed on the side of her mouth, which she called 'super-creepy and inappropriate.'
'I immediately felt violated because I wasn’t expecting it or wanting it,' she said. 'I can still see his lips coming straight for my face.'
More from the Post on how the incident has impacted Johnson's life:
She said she was nervous about speaking out but had come to regret having worked on the campaign. 'I’ve tried to let it go,' she said, beginning to cry. 'You want to move on with your life. I don’t sleep. I wake up at 4 in the morning looking at the news. I feel guilty. The only thing I did was show up for work one day.'
Johnson names two witnesses in the complaint—Florida attorney general Pam Bondi and Florida Trump campaign official Karen Giorno. Here's how she describes their response to the President allegedly kissing her in the broad light of day without her consent: "As Ms. Bondi walked off the RV, she glanced at Ms. Johnson and smiled. Ms. Giorno, walking behind Ms. Bondi, grabbed Ms. Johnson’s elbow and gave it an approving tug."
Bondi and Giorno deny the event occurred, as does, of course, the White House.
In the complaint, Johnson, who is black, also alleges that the campaign paid her less than white men who held similar positions.
Johnson's accusation brings the number of women who have accused the President of sexual harassment, misconduct, and assault to 14. But, as the Post notes, Johnson is the first woman to accuse Trump during his presidency.
And here's Politico with this kicker: "The suit was assigned to Judge William F. Jung, a Trump appointee confirmed to the bench last year."