Attorneys for Donald Trump say that the video of the president embracing that campaign staff Alva Johnson in 2016 opposes her claims that Trump forcefully violated her. Johnson's lawyers say that if nothing else shows the pictures her claims were truthful.
Far from providing clarity, the 15 second video released Wednesday by Charles Harder, a Trump lawyer, led only conflicting interpretations.
In a February trial and interview with the Washington Post, Johnson claimed that the president grabbed his hand and leaned in for a kiss before a Florida rally on August 24, 201
At an Wednesday court application, Harder Johnson's battery brushed as "relentless and frivolous". The video claimed he shows an innocent interaction that is mutual – and not compulsory. " Trump and his team have long denied Johnson's account. In February, press secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed Johnson's accusation as" absurd on his face "and added:" This has never happened and is directly contradicted by several very credible eyewitness accounts. "
Hassan Zavareei, a lawyer for Johnson, said in a statement "confirms exactly what Alva said."
"Now, whether everyone would have felt broken with it is an open question. But Alva was. And she testified why she felt uncomfortable. She testified that she didn't know how to react when it happened and that she was confused and uncomfortable, "he wrote on Thursday." After Access Hollywood came out, Johnson could have put together exactly what Trump had done for her and what it meant. In fact, he himself said, in his own words, exactly what this kiss was. "
Talked to the post earlier this year, Johnson said she did not fully treat the meeting for six weeks after the kiss on October 7, 2016, when Posten published the" Access Hollywood "band at Trump, laughed at kissing, pit and force himself on women.
"You know I am automatically attracted to beautiful – I just start to kiss them" Trump said in 2005. "It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I'm not even waiting. And when you are a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. "
" "I felt sick in my stomach," Johnson said, adding that she ended the campaign about three weeks before the election. "That was what he did to me."
Zavareei claimed Trump and his co-workers, Sanders, were dishonest in their claims that the event never happened. In a separate Wednesday night after the video was released, Johnson's lawyers had claimed Trump's law team had removed the metadata from the video, which prevented Johnson from knowing "who created the video when it was created and other important information about its origin. "
Harder did not return an email requesting Thursday.
In a previous interview with The Washington Post, two drum breeders whom Johnson identified as witnesses denied a campaign officer and Pam Bondi, when the Florida Attorney General denied see the kiss In the short video, reportedly taken by campaign volunteer Brian Hayes, Trump saw both his arms placed on Johnson's shoulders and is growing a kiss on or near her right cheek, though it is not clear if he comes in contact with her mouth.
In court applications, Harder indicates that after the interaction Johnson told Trump: "We will get you in the White House and we see in February" – but it is not entirely clear in the video that made the remark.
Johnson is one of 16 women to accuse the president of sexual abuse. Many of the accusations came after the release of the Access Hollywood tape. The latest claim came from New York-based writer E. Jean Carroll, who said that Trump sexually attacked her in a department store locker room at the end of 1995 or early 1996.
In response, Trump replied that Carroll was "completely lying" and "Not my type".
Beth Reinhard contributed to this report.
Trump says the latest prosecutor, E. Jean Carroll, is "totally lying" and "not my type"