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Black Former Trump Staffer Sues Him Over Unsolicited Kiss, White House Denies It + Kamala Harris Lunches In Harlem With Al Sharpton

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A former Trump staffer has launched a lawsuit against the president after making claims that he kissed her without her consent. Deets on what she said what happened, a response from the White House and flicks of presidential hopeful Kamala Harris lunching with Rev. Al Sharpton inside...

Another woman accusing Trump of sexual misconduct? Yep.

It's no secret president Trump has been accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment, including non-consensual kissing or groping, with accusations that date back to the 1980s. And now, there's a new allegation against the man who runs the free world.

Former campaign staffer, Alva Johnson, has pulled the trigger on a lawsuit against Trump, alleging he kissed the side of her mouth without consent.

In an interview with the Washington Post (and the lawsuit she filed), the now 43-year-old explained how Trump grabbed her hand and leaned in to kiss her on the lips as he was exiting an RV outside of a rally in Tampa on August 24, 2016. She said she tried turning her face to avoid contact, but his lips ended up 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 told the publication. “I can still see his lips coming straight for my face.”


The Washington Post reports:

Johnson said she told her boyfriend, mother and stepfather about the incident later that day, an account all three confirmed to The Post. Two months later, Johnson consulted a Florida attorney about the unwanted kiss; he gave The Post text messages showing that he considered her “credible” but did not take her case for business reasons. The attorney gave Johnson the name of a therapist, whose notes, which The Post reviewed, reference an unspecified event during the campaign that had left her distraught.

Now, she feels responsible for allowing a sexual predator into the White House. Alva Johnson's attorney, Hassan Zavareei, dished to The Daily Beast:

“She feels partly responsible for helping put a sexual predator into the White House, and she believes she has an obligation to tell her story and to hold him accountable for what he’s done to her but to so many other women,."

Of course, the White House is denying it.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the allegation “absurd on its face” and said: “This never happened and is directly contradicted by multiple highly credible eye witness accounts." Hmph. 

In the lawsuit, Johnson - an event planner who lives in Madison County, Alabama - identified two witnesses, a campaign official and Pam Bondi (then the Florida attorney general). They both have denied having witnessed the alleged kiss in interviews.

Johnson's lawyer told The Daily Beast her case is different from the women who have come forward about Trump's sexual misconduct previously because her statute of limitations has not yet lapsed.

"She’s obviously going to testify in court in this case, whether she testifies in Congress, I don’t know. If they made the request we would certainly give it fair consideration," Hassan Zavareei said.

It's reported Johnson considered coming forward earlier, but she was too "scared and unsure of what to do." She brought the case to another attorney before and they declined to represent her.

Johnson filed the federal lawsuit in Florida today and is 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." A campaign spokeswoman, Kayleigh McEnany, rejected that claim as “off-base and unfounded.”

The Washington Post found a podcast Johnson did in May 2017 where she praised Trump, however, her lawyer made claims that she was bound by a nondisclosure agreement and she said what she thought Trump supporters wanted to hear.







We'll just have to wait and see how this all pans out. We're not shocked by any of this, though. Are y'all?

As for a candidate looking to take Trump's place in 2020...

California senator Kamala Harris is making all the rounds as she begins her journey to becoming the first black female president. She has held a rally in Cali, hosted a CNN town-hall meeting in Iowa and a non-CNN town-hall event in New Hampshire. Now, she's campaigning in the Big Apple.

A few days ago, the presidential hopeful linked up with civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton to chow down in Harlem. The twosome linked up on Malcolm X Boulevard at soul food spot, Sylvia's, for some good eats and engaging conversation.  And if you know Al, you know he often brings his fave candidates he plans to get behind to this very spot.

After their lunch date, Rev. Sharpton spoke to reporters outside of the restaurant.

“Senator Kamala Harris told me that, next time she was in New York, she wanted me to take her to Sylvia’s,” Sharpton said. The civil rights activist reminded everyone POTUS Barack Obama ate with him there in 2007 and so did Bernie Sanders, who has joined the 2020 presidential run, in 2016. Inside, Kamala and Al were pictured looking at photos from Mr. Obama and Mr. Sharpton's meeting.

“So this has become a tradition,” he said.

Rev. Sharpton said he and Kamala discussed criminal justice reform and they also talks about economic policies. Reporters began shouting questions about their time together and the Jussie Smollett controversy came up.

“If Smollett is wrong, he ought to face accountability to the maximum," Sharpton responded.

Is Sharpton going to endorse Kamala Harris for president?

"We'll see," he answered.


Photos: Salwan Georges via The Washington Post/Getty/AP/Splash

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