Sen. Al Franken to colleagues: Please probe me

17 November, 2017, 01:24 | Author: Rita Burton
  • US senator Al Franken apologises after accusation of groping

Leeann Tweeden, a news anchor on KABC's "McIntyre in the Morning", said in a post on the station's website Thursday that Franken had written a skit for the USO tour in which they kissed, and he demanded that they rehearse the scene.

Al Franken says he doesn't remember a USO Tour skit "in the same way" as a fellow performer who alleges he kissed her against her will. "I shouldn't have done it", he said.

Franken, who was elected as a Democratic senator for Minnesota in 2008, responded to the accusations in a statement. "It was wet and he puts his tongue in my mouth and I push his chest away with my hands". "I walked away. All I could think about was getting to a bathroom as fast as possible to rinse the taste of him out of my mouth".

"There were people around me who said, 'Oh, my God, you will get annihilated and you will never work in this town again, ' and I was afraid of that".

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.

Coming from the world of comedy, I've told and written a lot of jokes that I once thought were amusing but later came to realize were just plain offensive.

She writes that she wants her story to have the same effect on other women as Speier's did for her-motivate them to end the silence around their assaults.

By Maria L. Taylor  Wikipedia Commons Comedian Al Franken performs for military members at Ramstein Air Base Germany in 2000
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"I hope and expect that the Ethics Committee will fully investigate this troubling incident, as they should with any credible allegation of sexual harassment", he said.

She added that she saw Franken a couple of years after the incident occurred, at a USO gala.

Sexual misconduct allegations have been levelled against several well-known men in the entertainment industry and Roy Moore - a Republican US Senate candidate in Alabama - has been accused of having sexual contact with teenage girls decades ago.

"People make mistakes", she replied. A compilation clip of her time on the tour depicts her roughing it with the troops, and it even shows one soldier singing "Fly Me to the Moon" to the former model.

In a statement from his office, Franken said: "I certainly don't remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann". It isn't amusing. It's completely inappropriate.

"I had locked up those memories of helplessness and violation for a long time, but they all came rushing back to me and my hands clinched into fists like it was yesterday", Tweeden said.

"I respect women I don't respect men who don't". "I don't know what was in my head when I took that picture, and it doesn't matter". I strongly condemn this behavior and the Senate Ethics Committee must open an investigation.

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