Trump accuser Alva Johnson announced Thursday that she will be dropping her sexual harassment case against President Donald Trump, arguing that his "unlimited resources" were making her fight difficult.
What's the background?
Johnson worked on Trump's 2016 campaign. In February, she filed a lawsuit claiming that Trump tried to kiss her on the mouth but she had quickly turned her head. She called it "super creepy and inappropriate" and said that she "immediately felt violated because I wasn't expecting it or wanting it."
In July, Trump's lawyers posted a video of the encounter. In it, Trump can be seen kissing Johnson on the cheek, grabbing her by the shoulders, and thanking her for her role in his campaign.
"I've left my family for eight months for you," she can be heard saying both before and after the kiss.
"We're going to get you into the White House. I'll see you in February," she said.
Trump's lawyers claimed that this proved that their client was innocent, while Johnson's lawyers said that it strengthened their case.
What did Johnson say now?
"I have made the difficult decision not to pursue my claims at this time," Johnson told CNN on Thursday through her attorney.
She said the judge assigned to her case "openly questions whether the kiss is worthy of a federal lawsuit and has determined that Mr. Trump's history of such behavior is not relevant." She also said that she had "endured on-going threats to my safety."
"I'm fighting against a person with unlimited resources, and repeatedly the judicial system has failed to find fault in his behavior," Johnson told The Daily Beast. "That's a huge mountain to climb."
Trump's legal team responded
Trump's attorney Charles Harder told the Daily Beast that this "represents total victory for President Trump, and fully vindicates him of Johnson's false accusations."
He also said that while Johnson cited Trump's "unlimited resources," she had been backed by an organization. She "had the backing of a political organization that put 8 lawyers on her case and spent over a million dollars in just a few months," Harder said.