Alva Johnson, who worked on the campaign’s voter outreach team, sued Trump on Feb. 25 for battery and discrimination. She has testified that Trump grabbed her by the hand, refused to let go, and then tried to forcibly kiss her on the mouth. A video has now been produced that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that she lied. In the video, Johnson was shown saying that she had been away from her family for 8 months to help get him elected and then it shows Trump placing his hands on her shoulders and giving her a quick peck on the cheek, which she accepted with a smile. She then said that they would get him elected.
Charles Harder, a personal attorney for Trump, said cellphone footage of the exchange debunks Johnson’s salacious claim.
“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,” wrote Harder, whose court filing Wednesday seeks to block Johnson’s request to depose Trump.
Politico first reported on the Harder filing.
In the initial suit, Johnson alleged that Trump “grasped her hand and did not let go.”
“[H]e tightened his grip on Ms. Johnson’s hand and leaned towards her. He moved close enough that she could feel his breath on her skin,” the lawsuit reads.
Johnson said she “suddenly realized that Defendant Trump was trying to kiss her on the mouth, and attempted to avoid this by turning her head to the right. Defendant Trump kissed her anyway, and the kiss landed on the corner of her mouth.”
You have now read her account. Here is the video and you tell me if she lied or told the truth:
Johnson, who sought a job in the Trump White House, confirmed during a deposition Monday that the incident on video is the one she described in her lawsuit.
The video demonstrates that Johnson was not attacked and did not feel threatened by Trump, Harder said.
“If Plaintiff had been attacked, as she alleges, one would expect a far different response than telling him she’ll help him get elected President of the United States,” said Harder. “That is the response of a person who is moved in a positive way by her candidate’s show of appreciation and recognition of her dedicated service to his campaign.”