(INFORMATION LIBERATION) – Donald Trump campaign staffer Alva Johnson claimed in a lawsuit that Trump traumatized her by “forcibly” kissing her “on the mouth” before a rally in Tampa in 2016.
On Wednesday, Trump’s lawyer released video of the interaction showing they both appeared to have air kissed each other on the cheek.
Trump’s attorneys posted the 15-second video online Wednesday and cited it in pleadings filed with a federal judge handling a lawsuit Johnson filed in February claiming trauma from the interaction with Trump. Johnson also claimed that sex and racial discrimination impacted her pay while working as an outreach staffer for the campaign.
Trump lawyer Charles Harder said the recording shows Johnson’s suit is “unmeritorious and frivolous.”
“The Video shows that Plaintiff’s allegations in the Complaint that Mr. Trump ‘forcibly’ kissed her, and kissed her ‘on the mouth,’ are entirely false,” Harder wrote in a court filing. “In watching the Video, the only conclusion a reasonable person could reach is that the exchange was an innocent moment between a dedicated campaign staffer and the candidate for whom she was working.”