Washington, Feb26: A former staffer on Donald Trump's presidential campaign has filed a federal lawsuit against the US president, claiming he kissed her without consent.
Alva Johnson, who was director of outreach and coalitions in Alabama in 2016, told the Washington Post that Trump grabbed her hand and leaned in to kiss her on the lips, as the then-candidate got out of a vehicle at a rally in Tampa on August 24, 2016.
According to the Post, Johnson said she turned her head and the unwanted kiss landed on the side of her mouth, which she called super-creepy and inappropriate.
The Post quoted her as saying: I immediately felt violated because I wasn't expecting it or wanting it. I can still see his lips coming straight for my face.
In a statement to the newspaper, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed Johnson's allegation as absurd on its face.
Sanders said: This never happened and is directly contradicted by multiple highly credible eyewitness accounts.
Johnson filed the lawsuit in Florida on Monday, seeking damages for emotional pain and suffering.
The Post said the lawsuit also alleges the campaign discriminated against Johnson, who is black, by paying her less than her white male counterparts.
A spokesman for the Trump campaign denied the claim.
Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women, claims which he denies.