In the age of #MeToo, no politician has been safe from being falsely accused of sexual mistreatment- but truth always wins in the end.
In February, a former member of Trump’s campaign staff alleged that the president “forcibly kissed” her and discriminated against women and African-Americans.
But on Friday, a federal judge ruled that her accusations were baloney.
Trump-haters will go to great lengths to try to pin any sort of wrongdoing they can on him, I guess…
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Here's more on the case dismissal from The Washington Examiner:
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit from a former Trump campaign staffer who accused President Trump of kissing her against her will and the campaign of engaging in wage discrimination against women and African American employees.
In February, former staffer Alva Johnson claimed that during a campaign stop in Florida in August 2016, Trump “forcibly kissed” her outside of one of his rallies. In the lawsuit Johnson, who is African American, also alleged that she was paid less than her colleagues.
But on Friday, U.S. District Court Judge William Jung, a Trump appointee, scrapped the lawsuit in its present form, saying that it was too political in nature. Jung said he would give Johnson 30 days to refile the suit.
“As currently stated, the Complaint presents a political lawsuit, not a tort and wages lawsuit,” Jung said in the order. “Plaintiff will receive a fair day in court, but the Court will try a tort and wages dispute—not a political one. If Plaintiff wishes to make a political statement or bring a claim for political purposes, this is not the forum.”
Jung wrote that the part of the lawsuit dealing with the alleged kiss was too muddled and brought in extraneous information.
Politico also had the following to say:
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit in which a former campaign staffer accused President Donald Trump of kissing her against her will and alleged that Trump’s presidential bid engaged in pay discrimination against female and African American employees.
Alva Johnson’s claim she was “forcibly kissed” by Trump at an August 2016 campaign stop in Tampa, Florida, garnered most of the attention when she filed suit last February, but the discrimination claims were the subject of most of the early legal maneuvering in the case.
U.S. District Court Judge William Jung, a Trump appointee, tossed out Johnson’s complaint Friday, saying it was too laden with political claims and attacks for the court to allow it to proceed.
“As currently stated, the Complaint presents a political lawsuit, not a tort and wages lawsuit,” Jung wrote in his 15-page order. “Plaintiff will receive a fair day in court, but the Court will try a tort and wages dispute—not a political one. If Plaintiff wishes to make a political statement or bring a claim for political purposes, this is not the forum.”
While Jung dismissed the suit in its present form, he said he would allow Johnson to file a reframed complaint in the next 30 days.
The judge said the portion of Johnson’s suit dealing with the alleged unwanted kiss was unfocused and dragged in more than a dozen other Trump acts that are not legally relevant to the question of whether Trump kissed her without her consent, something Trump aides and supporters present that day have denied.
“Though this simple battery appears to have lasted perhaps 10-15 seconds, Plaintiff has spent 29 pages and 115 paragraphs in the Complaint setting it forth. Many of these allegations describe 19 unrelated incidents involving women upon whom Defendant Trump allegedly committed nonconsensual acts, over the past four decades with differing circumstances,” Jung wrote, calling the laundry list of past allegations “immaterial and impertinent” to Johnson’s claims.
Additionally, The Hill commented:
A federal judge in Florida on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against President Trump and his 2016 campaign from an ex-staffer who alleged that the president forcibly kissed her, dismissing the lawsuit on a technical matter.
In his ruling, Judge William Jung wrote that former campaign staffer Alva Johnson could refile her lawsuit, but warned her not to include a wide range of unrelated allegations, including accusations from other women of both similar and unrelated activity of which Trump has previously been accused.
Johnson was also advised not to include quotes from news reports in her next filing, according to court documents.
"Plaintiff may file an amended complaint within thirty days. Plaintiff should allege a simple battery in ten or fewer pages, including relevant factual allegations. Plaintiff should omit all reference to other incidents beyond her own alleged battery and omit any quotes from the press or media reports in her complaint," Jung wrote in his ruling.
"The employment discrimination claims in Counts II and III, including relevant factual allegations, may not exceed fifteen pages in total," he added.
Johnson filed her lawsuit in February, alleging that Trump grabbed her and kissed her without consent at a meeting with supporters in Florida in August 2016.