TAMPA, Fla. (WESH)A former Trump campaign staffer claims in a lawsuit filed Monday in Florida that Donald Trump kissed her without her consent ahead of a 2016 presidential campaign rally in Tampa.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

In an interview with The Washington Post and in the lawsuit, Alva Johnson claims Trump grabbed her hand and leaned in to kiss her on the lips. Johnson claims she turned her head to avoid the kiss, with Trump’s lips landing on the side of her mouth.
 

Johnson said it happened Aug. 24, 2016 before a rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

According to the lawsuit, it was raining when Trump arrived for the rally so campaign staff ushered him inside an RV to stay dry. Johnson and other campaign staffers followed Trump inside, the lawsuit says. The suit says then-Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was in the RV, as well.

Inside the RV, Trump chatted with staffers and volunteers, took pictures, and shook hands. After posing for pictures, Defendant Trump sat at a desk in the RV and autographed campaign signs.

Johnson claims the kiss happened when Trump was getting ready to head to the rally.

“She told him she had been on the road since March, away from her family. So, she urged him to go in there and ‘kick ass.,’” the lawsuit said.

Trump then grasped Johnson’s arm and leaned into kiss her on the lips as he exited the RV, the lawsuit said. Johnson said she turned her head and the kiss landed on the corner of her mouth.

“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 told the Post.

The suit said that as Bondi was walking off the RV, she glanced at Johnson and smiled.

Bondi told the Post she does not recall seeing Trump kiss Johnson and denied reacting the way Johnson described.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called Johnson's allegations absurd and said other people who were there say it never happened.

The encounter allegedly occurred about six weeks before an "Access Hollywood" tape on which Trump was talking about groping and trying to have sex with women was made public.

The lawsuit also alleges that the campaign discriminated against Johnson, who is black, by paying her less than her white colleagues. A campaign spokeswoman told the Post that claim was “off-base and unfounded.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and an order preventing the president from "grabbing, kissing or otherwise assaulting or harassing women without prior express consent."