Ex-aide drops misconduct suit against Trump
WASHINGTON — A staffer on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign is dropping a lawsuit that accused him of kissing her without her consent at a small gathering of supporters before a Florida rally.
A federal judge dismissed Alva Johnson’s lawsuit in June, calling it a “political statement,” but said she could file a revised complaint accusing Trump of simple battery. Johnson said in a statement Thursday that she will not pursue the case, saying the president has “unlimited resources and a judicial system that has so far refused to hold him accountable.”
In the lawsuit, Johnson accused Trump of grabbing her hand and leaning in to kiss her on the lips as he exited an RV outside a campaign rally in Tampa on Aug. 24, 2016. Johnson said she turned her head and the kiss landed on the side of her mouth, and also described feeling anguish.