Alva Johnson, former staff member of President Donald Trump's campaign, claimed in February that the president kissed her without her permission during a 2016 rally in Florida.
Now DailyMail.com has found out that President Trump's lawyers have filed a motion to force Johnson to be dropped off on July 8, after repeated suggestions that she is still refusing to appear and / or trying to postpone the deposition. set & # 39 ;.
Johnson, who is black, claimed in her federal lawsuit that Trump grabbed her hand and leaned in to kiss her lips as he set off outside a rally in Tampa, Florida on August 24, 2016.
& # 39; I felt immediately violated because I did not expect or want it, & # 39; she said The Washington Post in an interview. & # 39; I still see his lips come straight over my face. & # 39;
The 43-year-old said she turned her head and the kiss hit the edge of her mouth. She called it & # 39; super creepy and inappropriate & # 39 ;.
The White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, rejected the claim as & # 39; absurd on his face. & # 39;
Ava Johnson has sued Donald Trump in a federal court claiming that he kissed her without permission when she was working for his presidential campaign. Now Trump demands that she be forced to make a statement in the Photo courtesy of Erica Aitken Photography
Alva Johnson, circled, denounces Trump and claims that he forced a kiss on her chicken during a meeting in Florida in August 2016
Denial: Trump, seen on Monday at the White House, denies the allegation by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders that the allegation & # 39; absurd on his face & # 39; calls
According to the newly deposited court magazines, the president's lawyers had asked to keep Johnson's statement in June in a city and state of his choice.
Her lawyers took the view that Johnson & # 39; was not available on any day in June due to her professional obligations.
Trump's lawyers claim that one of Jonson's eight lawyers – not the lead lawyer – had planned a vacation and that Johnson himself was an event coordinator for a Colorado wine festival at the end of the month.
Johnson & # 39; s counsel then refused to produce her for a statement unless and until the president was deposed.
But Trump's lawyers want to limit the discovery before that deposition is planned. Johnson & # 39; s lawyers are looking for extensive discoveries on matters that have nothing to do with prosecutor or her allegations in this case, including allegations against President Trump by 19 other people, they write.
Johnson, a four-year-old mother, said that later that day she told her friend, mother, and stepfather about the incident, which all three confirmed to The Post.
& # 39; I tried to let it go, & # 39; Johnson said to the newspaper. & # 39; You want to continue with your life. I do not sleep. I wake up at 4 o'clock in the morning and watch the news. I feel guilty. The only thing I did was show up one day. & # 39;
Johnson worked as the director of outreach and coalitions in Alabama, but was assigned to Florida three months before the general election.
Her task was to manage the motorhomes that traveled the state as mobile campaign offices.
Her lawsuit sketches her claims about what happened that day, a rainy August day in Tampa, Florida, after Trump secured the nomination for GOP at the party's nomination convention.
When Trump arrived at the rally site, & # 39; campaign staff led him into the camper to get him out of the rain. & # 39; Johnson and Florida campaign staff followed him inside.
Johnson brought volunteers to the RV to meet Trump, where he chatted with them, took photos and shook hands. He also sat at a desk and signed campaign signs.
Johnson said she noticed Trump was looking at her and seemed to be trying to make eye contact with her.
She said when she spoke to him when he left to go to the rally site to give his speech.
& # 39; I've been on the road for you since March, away from my family, & # 39; she said to him. & # 39; You do a great job. Go in there and fall into each other. & # 39;
She said Trump took her hand, thanked her for her work, and leaned inside.
& # 39; Oh, my god, I think he's going to kiss me & # 39 ;, she told The Washington Post in her description of the incident. & # 39; He is coming straight at my lips. So I turn my head and he kisses me exactly in the corner of my mouth, while still holding my hand. Then he walks outside. & # 39;
In her lawsuit, Johnson claims that Trump told her & # 39; that he would not forget her and that he would take care of her. & # 39;
Johnson said Karen Giorno, director of the Florida campaign, and Pam Bondi, Florida attorney general, witnessed the incident but both denied the alleged kiss for The Post.
& # 39; Can I remember seeing something inappropriate? One hundred percent no, & Bondi told the newspaper. & # 39; I am a public prosecutor and if I saw something inappropriate, I would have said something. & # 39;
Giorno said the claim as & # 39; ridiculous & # 39; and that & # 39; that absolutely did not happen & # 39 ;.
Trump was accused by several women of inappropriate contact prior to the campaign. Many came forward in the final weeks of the campaign to make the claims.
But Johnson is the first to come forward since he took office and the first to be accused of an incident during the campaign.
She filed a federal lawsuit Monday for compensation for emotional pain and suffering.
She also argues for discrimination. Johnson, who is black, claims that the campaign paid her less than her white male counterparts.
Location: This is the Tampa, Fla., Rally in August 2016 that Alva Johnson says Trump kissed her with violence
Trump spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany said The Post Johnson's claim "off-base and unfounded" is.
In the lawsuit, Johnson claims: “As the Defendant Trump kissed her with violence, Ms. Johnson, a very successful and widely respected Campaign executive, felt confined to just another object of unwanted sexual attention from the Defendant Trump. . Ms. Johnson brings this lawsuit against defendant Trump for that humiliating violation, which comes down to common law battery, and seeks help from the court to end his predatory behavior. & # 39;
Her party also claims collective action on behalf of female campaign executives who were paid less than men.
& # 39; Not only has Mrs. Johnson been forced kissed by her boss, she experienced racial and gender discrimination as one of the few women and one of only a handful of African-American people on the campaign's payroll.
& # 39; Madam. Johnson was paid less than white employees, including both staff with similar duties and lower-ranking staff.
& # 39; She also paid less than comparable male employees. The pattern of the campaign of underpaid female staff is indeed well documented.
& # 39; For this reason, mrs. Johnson to bring this case as a collective action on behalf of female campaign officials who have undergone unlawful wage discrimination & # 39 ;, is the suit. & # 39;
The New Yorker notes that the Johnson case is at least the sixth in which Trump campaign or administration employees have defied their confidentiality agreements.
Johnson & # 39; s lawyer Hassan Zavareei told the magazine: & We expect that Trump will try to get the unreasonable N.D.A. and forced arbitration agreement to silence Mrs. Johnson. We will combat this strong-arm tactic. & # 39;
Michael Glassner, the chief operating officer of the Trump re-election campaign, said the NDA is being taken seriously.
& # 39; The campaign takes our NDA agreements very seriously and will aggressively enforce them if they are violated & he said.
Johnson told The New Yorker that the problems she raises are big enough to earn NDA violations.
Alva Johnson in August 2018
& # 39; I am complaining because my work has the same value as the work of my white male counterparts, & # 39; she said. & # 39; I am taking a lawsuit because this predatory behavior should not be minimized, especially if it is committed by the most powerful man in the world. & # 39;
Johnson said she stopped the campaign three weeks before the election.
She also said she was trying to leave the incident behind and applied for a job in administration because she thought she deserved it with her campaign work.
She said that transferring to those jobs did not affect her decision to sue Trump, which she said was due to the # MeToo movement and her anger about the President's controversial immigration policy that separated migrant children from their parents.
The Post noted that Johnson, almost a year ago, had contacted Johnson, an event planner in Madison County, almost when he was reporting allegations against Trump.
She refused to talk to the newspaper at that time. But recently her lawyer offered a copy of the lawsuit and Johnson agreed to an interview.
Johnson, who was a registered Democratic who voted twice for Barack Obama, said she thought Trump would use his business experience to help black communities.
& # 39; During President Obama's two terms of office, she saw that the African-American community in Alabama is still experiencing serious economic setbacks, and she felt that Defendant Trump, with his background in business, could help boost the economy and create jobs could offer for her community & # 39; the process reads.
She said that her stepfather, Jacob Savage, a retired microbiology professor who was active in republican politics, interested her in the Trump campaign.
In her suite, Johnson said that Chess Bedsole, a family friend who worked for the Trump campaign, interviewed her and told her that Trump would have to meet her before she could be hired.
So he took her to Trump during a November 2015 rally in Birmingham, Ala. True, she says, Trump looked up and down at her and said, & # 39; Oh, beautiful, beautiful, fantastic. & # 39;
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