Alva Johnson, an African girl who had been a senior researcher employee, said at a court filing Thursday that she would not amend the complaint which has been dismissed in June. The judge who threw out the lawsuit had granted her a chance to update it.
Johnson maintained within her February lawsuit which Trump grasped her hand tightly and tried to kiss her mouth at a recreational vehicle in front of a rally in Tampa she’d helped to arrange. She claimed that she had been underpaid from the effort due to her sex and race.
Then-White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in the time the allegation was”absurd” and Johnson’s report was contradicted by numerous witnesses, including former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
A cell-phone video posted online by Trump’s lawyer, Charles Harder, reveals Trump greeting Johnson at a crowded room full of staffers waiting to shake his hands. From the movie, Trump seems to give Johnson a short kiss on the cheek when holding her buttocks.
Hassan Zavareei, Johnson’s attorney, said Thursday in a statement that the movie affirmed his customer’s claim and stated Trump’s witnesses were not truthful. He said his customer nonetheless decided not to amend the complaint.
“I have picked for the sake of my loved ones I won’t continue with the situation currently,” Johnson said in an emailed statement. “Let us be clear; I refuse the false story that Trump and his effort did nothing wrong. Nonetheless, it’s time for me to proceed.”
Harder stated in an emailed statement that Johnson’s conclusion vindicated Trump and that the president could sue her for violating a non-disclosure arrangement by discussing the effort.
“The president and effort are weighing their legal options against Ms. Johnson at the moment, and have required that she divides them for the lawyers’ fees and costs that they incurred from her neglected litigation,” Harder said in the announcement.