A federal judge dismissed allegations former Trump campaign staffer Alva Johnson brought against President Trump, lecturing her not to use his court for political purposes.
BizPac Review reports U.S. District Court Judge William Jung described the allegations Johnson was bringing forth as “immaterial and impertinent” and said: “If the plaintiff wishes to make a political statement or bring a claim for political purposes, this is not the forum.”
“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. Many of these allegations describe 19 unrelated incidents involving women upon whom Defendant Trump allegedly committed nonconsensual acts, over the past four decades with differing circumstances,” Jung continued.
Here’s more on the allegation, via the report:
In an interview with MSNBC in February, Johnson said she briefly was with presidential candidate Donald Trump on an RV during a campaign stop in Florida and told him to “go kick ass” before he stepped out to rally a group of campaign interns. She claimed Trump held her hand and began getting closer before kissing her near her mouth.
“I knew it was inappropriate because I worked in human resources. So I knew that it was completely inappropriate. It was gross and creepy. Like I could sometimes still see those lips,” Johnson told MSNBC host Chris Hayes.
Several other people who were present at the time of the alleged incident, including former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, have indicated that it never happened, according to a February report by MSNBC. The White House has maintained that the alleged incident was a fabrication. “This accusation is absurd on its face. This never happened and is directly contradicted by multiple highly credible eyewitness accounts,” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in February.
According to the report, Johnson did, in fact, work for the campaign in both Alabama and Florida before she quit.
Her reasoning behind deciding to quit the campaign is somewhat unclear as she contended the decision was based on the “Access Hollywood” tape that surfaced during the campaign. She said its contents made her feel “sick” to her stomach, BizPac Review reports.
However, several months later, she publicly supported Trump, calling him “more incredible in person than I think you would even think as you see him on TV.”
“He’s just the nicest guy… He treats everyone as if they are a part of his family,” she added during an appearance on WVNN’s “Politics and Moore” in May 2017.
During that same interview, BizPac Review reports, Johnson boasted that she was going to receive a post-election job working at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon. She did not ultimately receive the position, leading some people online to question her motivation behind her lawsuit.