Al Franken Called Accuser 'Beautiful' on House Floor in 2010

Aaron Brown
November 17, 2017

She said Franken groped her when she was asleep and provided a photo.

Al Franken apologized Thursday and faced a likely Senate ethics investigation after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour. She alleged that Franken aggressively kissed her, sticking his tongue in her mouth during a rehearsal for a comedy skit. He later took a picture in a military aircraft grinning with his hands over her breasts as she slept. "As to the photo, it was clearly meant to be amusing but wasn't", he says. Backstage, Franken repeatedly insisted that he and Tweeden needed to rehearse part of the act that involved them kissing.

Al Franken kissed and groped her without her consent when the two of them were overseas on a USO tour in Afghanistan in 2006.

Tweeden wrote that she tried to avoid Franken after that, which she believes made him angry.

Tweeden said she told her husband and showed him the photo, but did not come forward at the time because she was anxious about the potential backlash and impact it might have on her career to make such accusations against an influential male.

Franken, who was elected as a Democratic senator for Minnesota in 2009, responded to the accusations in a statement Thursday morning.

She also said that she didn't report the incident to anyone at the time because she didn't want to be the "troublemaker" on the United Service Organizations (USO) tour to entertain the troops in the Middle East they were on together. I felt violated all over again, embarrassed, belittled, humiliated. There's no excuse. I look at it now and I feel disgusted with myself.

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"I couldn't believe it".

"I am asking that an ethics investigation be undertaken, and I will gladly cooperate". "The tour wrapped and on Christmas Eve we began the 36-hour trip home to L.A. After 2 weeks of grueling travel and performing I was exhausted".

"So I don't know what locker room - he may work out with Roger Ailes", he joked.

"I didn't socialize with him, I didn't talk to him for the rest of the tour", Tweeden told reporters. It isn't amusing. It's completely inappropriate.

"Let me tell you about one show I did", he said. "I shouldn't have done it", he said.

Warren said that women who come forward with allegations of such sexual misconduct are "brave and deserve to be respected". When informed of Tweeden's allegations Senator Franken released the following statement.

"This is happening to women who have no power and no way to speak up", she said at a press conference. "I'm telling my story because there may be others". "Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable - in the workplace or anywhere else", McConnell said in a statement. "I hope the Democratic leader will join me on this".

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