The former campaign staffer has alleged that she tried to avoid the incident but Trump kissed her anyway.
Alva Johnson, a former campaign staffer with Donald Trump, is suing him for forcibly embracing her and kissing her. As reported by The Dailywire, the incident occurred during the campaign trail in a vehicle in Tampa, Florida, in 2016. Trump's attorneys have also released video footage and are claiming that the lawsuit is frivolous.
This staffer said Trump grabbed her by the shoulders and forcibly kissed her at a campaign event. She is now suing Trump for "violating norms of decency."— Boomieleaks (@notwokieleaks) July 11, 2019
Someone else captured this video, just released tonight.
The instance seems to have been greatly mischaracterized. pic.twitter.com/qAxJjPyrnN
The video clip shows Alva saying "And I’ve left my family for eight months for you." After which Donald Trump can be seen holding her and kissing her on the cheek.
Business Insider had also reported that "[Alva] Johnson says Trump 'moved close enough that she could feel his breath on her skin' when she ‘suddenly realized ... Trump was trying to kiss her on the mouth,’ previous court fillings [sic] said.” The report, further says that "Johnson said that she ‘attempted to avoid this by turning her head to the right’ and that ‘Trump kissed her anyways ... on the corner of her mouth."
Charles Harder, Trump's attorney, released the clip and the court documents have him saying that the clip is "undeniable evidence that [Johnson's] battery claim is unfounded and frivolous by virtue." Harder added: "The only conclusion a reasonable person could reach is that the exchange was an innocent moment between a dedicated campaign staffer and the candidate for whom she was working." He said that the video "proves that Plaintiff has no legitimate claim for battery. It also proves that Plaintiff and her counsel have lied repeatedly to this Court."
Johnson's attorney, Hassan Zavareei, recently told Politico that "We are gratified and pleased that we finally have proof what Ms. Johnson has been alleging in this lawsuit. It is basically exactly what Ms. Johnson has been saying." The Business Insider report says that Zavareei said in a court filing that "Without the appropriate metadata for the video, Ms. Johnson is unable to determine who created the video, when it was created, and other important information about its origins." But the clip presented so far does reveal that the incident may have been