Alva Johnson, a staff of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign is dropping a lawsuit that accused him of kissing her without her consent at a small gathering of supporters before a Florida rally.
In June, the lawsuit was dismissed by a federal judge and called it a “political statement”. But the judge said that Alva could file a revised complaint accusing Trump of simple battery. In a statement on Thursday Johnson said she will not pursue the case, saying the president has “unlimited resources and a judicial system that has so far refused to hold him accountable.”
Ms. Johnson in the lawsuit accuses Trump of grabbing her hand and leaning in to kiss her on the lips while he was departing an RV outside a campaign rally in Tampa on August 24, 2016. She also claimed that she immediately turned her head and Trump kissed on the side of her mouth.
After the incident, she felt humiliated and she quit the campaign. US District Judge William Jung rejected Johnson’s argument that accusations of sexual misconduct from other women against Trump were relevant to her case.
“Though this simple battery appears to have lasted perhaps 10-15 seconds, Plaintiff has spent 29 pages and 115 paragraphs in the Complaint setting it forth,” wrote Jung.
“Many of these allegations describe 19 unrelated incidents involving women upon whom Donald Trump allegedly committed nonconsensual acts, over the past four decades with differing circumstances,” he added.
Johnson’s decision to give up the case was described as “a total victory for President Trump” and said it “fully vindicates him of Johnson’s false accusations.” A video of the kiss was submitted by Harder in July, shot by a campaign worker which the attorney considered as “an innocent interaction that is mutual.”
However, the lawyer for Johnson, Hassan Zavareei said the video “corroborates exactly what Alva said.” Johnson’s allegation was declared false by the White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. “This never happened and is directly contradicted by multiple highly credible eye witness accounts,” it claimed.
Harder said the president and the Trump campaign are demanding that Johnson pay legal fees and are considering a suit against her for breaching a nondisclosure agreement she signed when she joined the campaign.
There is another defamation lawsuit against Trump which was filed by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos. He claimed that Trump forcibly kissed and groped her during a December 2007 encounter at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. However, all the allegations have been rejected by Trump.