Radio personality accuses Sen. Al Franken of unwanted kissing, groping
17 November, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Pamela Mathis
Tweeden published a piece Thursday accusing Franken of kissing and groping her without her consent.
"There's no reason why I shouldn't accept his apology", she said, adding later that Franken had an opportunity to apologize a couple years after the 2006 tour when she encountered her at a USO gala. She said Franken kissed her aggressively while they were rehearsing a skit they would perform in front of a group of US soldiers.
Franken, a well-known writer, comedian and Saturday Night Live staffer was not elected to the senate until 2009. "We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth", Tweeden said.
"While I don't remember the rehearsal for the skit as Leeann does, I understand why we need to listen to and believe women's experiences", the Minnesota senator wrote.
In a statement to reporters, Franken said he doesn't remember the forced kissing, but said he shouldn't have conducted his behavior as he did in the photo. "I shouldn't have done it".
Tweeden also included a photo of her sleeping on board an aircraft later during the trip, in which Franken is shown reaching out as if to grope her breasts. Al Franken after allegations that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman in 2006. She also said he groped her while she was asleep, providing photographic evidence. Sen.
"He walked up to me, found me in a room, and said hello to me and I was very cold to him", she said. They deserve to be heard, and believed. I'm not calling for him to step down. "I didn't tell the Sergeant Major of the Army, who was the sponsor of the tour", she wrote.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell responded quickly to the Franken allegations by demanding for an official investigation. "What Sen. Franken did was wrong, and it should be referred to the Ethics Committee for review".
She states both incidents occurred while they were on tour entertaining US troops in Iraq, when Franken was still a well-known professional comedian.
"Let me tell you about one show I did", he said.
"I am asking that an ethics investigation be undertaken, and I will gladly cooperate".
Tweeden credited Congresswoman Jackie Speier's (D-California) account of being assaulted when she was a young Congressional aide as inspiration to come forward.
"He had a chance to apologize to me then, because he knew - he knew exactly what he did to me then and that picture was out there", she said".
Earlier on Thursday, McConnellcalled for the Ethics Committee to investigate the allegations against Franken, adding, "Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable - in the workplace or anywhere else".
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