An Alabama woman is suing Donald Trump after she alleges he forced a kiss onto her during his 2016 presidential campaign.
A federal lawsuit alleging President Donald Trump kissed a former campaign staffer during a Florida rally in 2016 has been dismissed.
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U.S. District Judge William Jung in Tampa issued a ruling Friday that called 44-year-old Alva Johnson’s complaint a “political lawsuit.”
Trump and his scandals
Donald Trump, an American businessman and current president of the United States, has been accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment, including non-consensual kissing or groping, by at least 19 women since the 1980s.
Those accusations have resulted in three widely reported instances of litigation: his then-wife Ivana made a rape claim during their 1989 divorce litigation but later recanted that claim.
Businesswoman Jill Harth sued Trump in 1997 alleging breach of contract while also suing for nonviolent sexual harassment but withdrew the latter suit as part of a settlement for relating to the former suit.
In 2017, former The Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos filed a defamation lawsuit after Trump called her a liar.
Two of the allegations became public before Trump’s candidacy for president, but the rest arose after a 2005 audio recording was leaked during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump subsequently characterized those comments as locker room talk and denied actually behaving that way toward women, and he also apologized for the crude language. Many of his accusers stated that Trump’s denials provoked them into going public with their allegations.
The kissing allegation
The Tampa Bay Times reports that the lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice, meaning it can be refiled within 30 days.Johnson contends that Trump made the unwanted advance in August 2016 in Tampa, Florida.
The lawsuit also claimed that Johnson, who is black, was paid less than her white male colleagues.
Earlier this year, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called Johnson’s allegations fabricated.
If Johnson refiles the lawsuit, Jung said it should be filed as a tort and wages dispute limited only to incidents involving her.