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A federal judge has formally dismissed a lawsuit from a former Donald Trump campaign staffer claiming the then-candidate kissed her against her wishes and alleging that the campaign had a habit of pay discrimination against women and African-American employees. Trump and the campaign both denied the allegations, and U.S. District Court Judge William Jung has since found the accusations of misconduct too politically-motivated to try.

“As currently stated, the Complaint presents a political lawsuit, not a tort and wages lawsuit,” Jung wrote in his order dismissing former campaign staffer Alva Johnson’s suit, according to Politico. “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 went on to specify that the 29-page complaint alleging Trump’s unwanted physical advances in August 2016 also referenced “19 unrelated incidents involving women upon whom Defendant Trump allegedly committed nonconsensual acts,” and were thus “impertinent” to build a case on. The judge will nonetheless allow Johnson to file a revised complaint within 30 days.

The suit—originally filed in February of 2019—alleged during the campaign stop that Trump “tightened his grip on Ms. Johnson’s hand and leaned towards her. He moved close enough that she could feel his breath on her skin. . . . Ms. Johnson suddenly realized that Defendant Trump was trying to kiss her on the mouth, and attempted to avoid this by turning her head to the right. Defendant Trump kissed her anyway, and the kiss landed on the corner of her mouth.” At the time, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded, “This accusation is absurd on its face. This never happened and is directly contradicted by multiple highly credible eye witness accounts.”

Johnson also alleged she was “vastly underpaid compared to many of her Campaign counterparts who were white, despite her critical role at various stages of the Campaign.” Trump campaign press secretary Kayleigh McEnany stated at the time, “The Trump campaign has never discriminated based on race, ethnicity, gender, or any other basis. Any allegation suggesting otherwise is off base and unfounded.” In his dismissal of the collective action from multiple staffers, Jung—a Trump appointee—expressed uncertainty the higher-paid white staffers in question had comparable duties with Johnson.

Johnson’s attorney, Hassan Zavareei, offered a resolute response to Jung’s dismissal. “While we are pleased that the Judge said that Ms. Johnson ‘will receive a fair day in Court,’ today was not such a day,” he wrote. “This erroneous ruling forces us to fight this lawsuit against the most powerful sex predator in the world with our hands tied behind our back. But that does not deter us. We are used to fighting tough fights and will continue to do so here.”

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