Another day, another accusation against Donald Trump.
It seems that our president can't go a single day without a fresh allegation being made against him, does it? And, quite predictably, a new accusation has today been brought to light.
The president has come under the fire of a lawsuit which claims that he forcibly kissed a woman, with whom he was working on his Presidential Campaign with back in 2016.
The woman is suing over what she describes as a "forced kiss on the lips," though video footage of the alleged incident is certainly dividing opinions...
President Trump doesn't have the best track record.
via: GettyAnd that's putting it lightly. Since his Presidency began back in 2017, scores of women have come forward with sexual harassment and abuse claims.
In total, twenty-two different women have come forward with sexual assault and rape allegations against the president.For any man, this is a completely unacceptable, disgustingly high number - though any number is completely unacceptable, might I add - but for the man who runs the United States of America? There are no words.
And these allegations have never been a secret.
via: GettyAs a country, we knew about these accusations when we elected him into power. It wasn't our finest moment, was it?
The #metoo movement has been encouraging victims to speak out.
via: GettySince the movement, women are feeling more liberated and more empowered, meaning more and more rape and sexual abuse victims are coming forward.
Only last month, a woman came forward against the president with a rape accusation.
via: GettyThe allegations are still coming in thick and fast.
E. Jean Carroll made headlines with her accusation last month.
via: GettyThe Elle columnist and author shocked the world with a passage in the excerpt of her new book, What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal, which detailed an encounter that she had with Trump back in the 1990s.
She accused him of raping her in a fitting room.
via: GettyIn a harrowing account, Carroll described how Trump had "lunged" at her once the pair were alone in the fitting room of a Bergdorf Goodman store in Manhattan. She then went to say that, after an initial struggle, he "briefly penetrated" her, before she managed to push him off.
Trump, of course, denied it all.
via: GettyHe defended himself by saying that she "isn't his type," as if that justifies anything. And now, he has a completely fresh wave of allegations to poorly defend himself against.
Another woman has now spoken out.To add to his growing list of accusers, a previous campaigner has come forward with sexual harassment claims and is allegedly suing the president for kissing her without her consent.
Alva Johnson worked on Trump's 2016 Presidency Campaign.said that she turned her head as he went in for a kiss outside of a rally in Tampa, Florida, in August 2016, causing the future-president to place his lips on the side of her mouth.
Johnson used to be a Trump supporter.
via: GettyThough she voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, she became interested in Trump because of what she thought he might be able to do for the economic opportunities for black people in Alabama, where she lived. However, she got a lot worse than she had bargained for.
Her allegation is groundbreaking.
via: GettyBecause Ava is the first woman to publicly claim that Trump sexually mistreated her while in office or while he was campaigning for president. Trump's previous accusations have all stemmed back to his business tycoon days in the 1980s and the 1990s, never while he was running for president.
She claims that Trump tried to kiss her.
via: The Washington PostSpeaking to the Washington Post, Alva described her shock and disgust at the incident: “I immediately felt violated because I wasn’t expecting it or wanting it. I can still see his lips coming straight for my face."
Johnson managed a fleet of RVs that were used as mobile offices for Trump's campaign.She claims that the incident happened inside one of the RVs, which was stationed in Tampa, Florida, on August 24, 2016.
And, on Monday, she filed her suit.
via: GettyThe lawsuit has been filed against both Trump and his campaign, seeking unspecified damages for three allegations: that he committed battery via the unwanted kiss, that his campaign paid its female staffers less than male counterparts, and that Johnson was paid less than white campaign workers.
The lawsuit has outlined Trump's blatant disrespect toward women.
via: Getty“To Defendant Trump, however, Ms. Johnson was nothing more than a sexual object he felt entitled to dominate and humiliate," the lawsuit read. “As 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."
The White House has responded.
via: ShutterstockWhite House spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, told PEOPLE in a statement: “This accusation is absurd on its face. This never happened and is directly contradicted by multiple highly credible eyewitness accounts."
And, on Wednesday, Trump's attorney revealed the supposedly incriminating evidence.
via: GiphyCharles Harder released a fifteen-second video of what both he and Johnson's attorney identified as the incident in question. Harder described the video as "undeniable evidence that Johnson's battery claim is unfounded and frivolous by virtue," according to court documents.
Here's the full video.Though I'm not Trump's biggest fan, I have to say that it doesn't look as though there is anything forced or inappropriate about this exchange.
Opinions are divided.
via: GettyIs it just me who thinks that their exchange seemed perfectly innocent? Johnson's lawyer, Hassan Zavareei, disagrees. "Does it look dramatic? No," Zavareei said in an interview. "That does not mean it wasn't a serious battery. It's a battery because she didn't want it to happen. It's not an appropriate thing to do to another person."