Former staffer suing Donald Trump for sexual misconduct during 2016 election

US President Donald Trump has been hit with a lawsuit by an Alabama woman who claims he kissed her without her consent during a political event in 2016.

Alva Johnson, who worked as the Trump campaign's director of outreach and coalitions for Alabama during the 2016 election, is suing the President for sexual misconduct, alleging Mr Trump treated her like a "sexual object".

"To Defendant Trump, Ms Johnson was nothing more than a sexual object he felt entitled to dominate and humiliate," the lawsuit states.

"Like he has done with so many other women, Defendant Trump violated norms of decency and privacy by kissing Ms Johnson on the lips without her consent in the middle of a Florida work event and in front of numerous other campaign officials."

But White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that the allegation was "absurd on its face".

"This never happened and is directly contradicted by multiple highly credible eye witness accounts," she said.

Two witnesses that Ms Johnson identified told The Washington Post that they didn't see the kiss happen.

The former staffer said she had spent months seeking legal advice, and while she wanted to move on with her life, she felt guilty for not speaking up,

"I've tried to let it go," she told The Washing Post. "You want to move on with your life. I don't sleep. I wake up at four in the morning looking at the news. I feel guilty. The only thing I did was show up for work one day."

Mr Trump has faced a raft of sexual misconduct allegations, including from former The Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos, who said he groped her in 2007.


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