Al Franken apologizes for sexual misconduct, calls for investigation

Nov 17, 2017, 01:08
Al Franken apologizes for sexual misconduct, calls for investigation

For Democrats, there's not much to lose in attacking Franken; even if this scandal continues to unfold, and more victims come forward, forcing the senator to resign, he would nearly certainly be replaced by a Democrat appointed by Minnesota's Democratic governor.

On Thursday morning, Democratic Senator Al Franken of Minnesota was accused of sexually assaulting a former model turned radio host.

Tweeden shared her story - accompanied with a photo of the alleged groping - on the website of KABC, a Los Angeles radio station where she works as a morning news anchor.

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) listens to the testimony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice" on Capital Hill in Washington, DC, on October 18, 2017.

The Senate's Democratic and Republican leaders called on the Ethics Committee to review the allegations and Franken said he would cooperate.

Tweeden said the incident occurred during a 2006 USO Tour in the Middle East.

"That was my catalyst to go, 'If I'm going to tell my story, now is the time, ' Tweeden said".

"He said to me, "We need to rehearse the kiss" she wrote in the blog. Her account includes a photo of Franken posing for the camera as he reaches for Tweeden's breasts while she appears to be asleep. "I felt disgusted and violated" and "wanted to shout my story to the world with a megaphone", she continues.

"He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep", broadcaster Leeann Tweeden wrote on Thursday. "How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it's amusing?"

"I certainly don't remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann", Franken said.

Tweeden said at the press conference that she accepted Franken's apology, adding that she "wasn't looking for anything" from the allegations, such as a resignation from Franken. When informed of Tweeden's allegations Senator Franken released the following statement.

Al Franken and Leann Tweeden entertain the Soldiers with a skit at Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul, Iraq Dec 16. "I do accept that apology", she said. "And I'm sorry it's taken me so long to come to terms with that". "You forcibly kissed me without my consent, grabbed my breasts while I was sleeping and had someone take a photo of you doing it, knowing I would see it later, and be ashamed". It isn't amusing. It's completely inappropriate.

"The behavior reported today is unacceptable and deeply disappointing".

The former "Saturday Night Live" star on Tuesday attempted to get ahead of allegations that he sexually assaulted a former Playboy Playmate - joining Senate leaders from both sides of the aisle calling for an investigation.