Sarah’s News Roundup 03.02.19

Alva Johnson
Alva Johnson, a former staffer for the 2016 Trump Campaign in Florida, has made an allegation of sexual misconduct against Trump.

Ms Johnson claims that Trump grabbed and kissed her without consent outside the Tampa rally in August 2016.

She describes how after briefly speaking to Trump he grabbed her hand, thanked her for her work, and leaned close.

She realised he was “coming straight for my lips. So I turn my head, and he kisses me right on corner of my mouth, still holding my hand the entire time. Then he walks on out.”

She said she stood there feeling humiliated.

Ms Johnson told her then-boyfriend, mother, and stepfather that day but kept working for the campaign.

About six weeks later she heard the Access Hollywood tape where Trump can be heard saying: “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful – I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”

Ms Johnson said she “felt sick to her stomach” realising “that was what he did to me”.

She stopped going into the office and three weeks later she quit.

Ms Johnson then consulted with attorney Adam Horowitz who represents survivors of sexual abuse.

Horowitz said: “I believe you and want to see you gain justice and expose this behavior” but did not take her case because “right now my practice simply cannot dive into something like that which would be so time-consuming with an uncertain outcome.”

Ms Johnson instead hired lawyer Hassan Zavareei and filed a lawsuit in federal court this week.

In addition to detailing her sexual misconduct allegation, the suit also alleges that she was paid less than her white male colleagues on the campaign.

When asked why she waited so long to bring the lawsuit Ms Johnson said she had to sign a nondisclosure agreement which made it feel like her “vocal cords had been clipped for years.”

Robert Kraft, owner of New England Patriots, has been summoned to court to face two counts of soliciting prostitution in connection with a Florida spa tied to an international human trafficking ring.

Kraft was charged with paying for sexual services at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, one of the ten spas shut down after a several-month investigation revealed women there were in sexual servitude.

Palm Beach County State’s Attorney Dave Aronberg said that the accused billionaire should not expect “special justice” in court and that prosecutors will “treat everyone the same, whether you have a lot of money or are indigent”.

Police say they have footage of Kraft twice engaging in a sex act with prostitutes.

Kraft has denied the allegations.

The US health department has received more than 4,500 complaints of sexual abuse against detained migrant children between 2014 and 2018 and the Department of Justice received 1,301 complaints of sexual abuse against unaccompanied minors during the same period.

At least 154 allegations were against facility staff members.

Congressman Ted Deutch said: “These documents demonstrate over the past three years there have been 154 staff-on-unaccompanied-minor – let me repeat that, staff-on-unaccompanied-minor – allegations of sexual assault. This works out, on average, to one sexual assault by HHS staff on an unaccompanied minor, per week.”

According to Axios the allegations include sexual relationships, showing pornographic videos to children and forcible touching.

The figures were revealed as Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform voted to issue subpoenas to Trump administration officials involved in the now-suspended policy of separating parents from their children after they illegally cross the US-Mexico border.

R Kelly has pleaded not guilty to ten charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of four females, three of whom were minors, between 1998 and 2010.

Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr set Kelly’s bail at $1m as well as ordering him to surrender his passport and have no contact with anyone under the age of 18.

Kelly was unable to immediately produce the $100,000 in cash necessary to make bail – his attorney Steve Greenberg said that was due to “mismanagement”, “hangers-on” and “bad deals” and that he didn’t have it “sitting in the bank”.

Although Kelly managed to post bail a few days later he owes more than $169,000 in unpaid child support to his ex-wife and also risks eviction at his Chicago studio last month because he owes more than $166,000 in unpaid rent.

Kelly is due back in court on March 22nd.

Sarah x



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