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Trump's lawyers publish a video apparently refuting an assertion that he would have forcibly kissed a campaign assistant



President Trump's lawyers broadcast Wednesday night a 15-second video that appeared to refute the claims of former campaign adviser Alva Johnson that Trump had forcibly kissed her in 2016 before a campaign rally.

Johnson, 43, filed a lawsuit in February this year describing the meeting with Trump as a forced kiss that traumatized her. She further complained that her salary for the campaign was lower because of her race.

The video, which seems to show all the interaction in question, shows a brief kiss on Trump's cheek. Johnson reportedly told Trump after the interaction, "We're going to take you to the White House, I'll see you in February."

Brian Hayes, a campaign volunteer, said in a legal statement that he was present and recorded the video on his mobile phone.

Trump's lawyer, Charles Harder, said in a statement that the video "shows that the complainant's allegations in the complaint that Mr. Trump kissed her by force and kissing her" on the mouth " are totally wrong ".

More difficult still, in Wednesday's filing, "the only conclusion a reasonable person can reach is that the exchange was an innocent moment between a dedicated campaign employee and the candidate for whom she was working – who was grateful that she just spent eight months of her family on the campaign trail for her campaign ".

Alva Johnson's lawyers said they did not see the video as devastating for their client's case. Lawyer Hassan Zavareei said, "We are happy and happy that we finally have proof of what Ms. Johnson has alleged in this lawsuit … it's basically exactly what Ms. Johnson said."

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