Al Franken accuser says she believes his apology is 'heartfelt'

Tomas Mccoy
November 17, 2017

Leeann Tweeden accuses Minnesota's Franken in an essay on the website of California radio station KABC, where she anchors a morning talk show.

He later issued a longer statement, denouncing his conduct in the photo and saying he "didn't know what" was going on in his head when he posed for it. "I hope and expect that the Ethics Committee will fully investigate this troubling incident, as they should with any credible allegation of sexual harassment".

Tweeden says Franken wrote a special part for her in his script, in which the two were meant to kiss. I said something like, 'Relax Al, this isn't SNL...we don't need to rehearse the kiss'.

Tweeden went on to say that she "felt disgusted and violated".

After Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the Ethics Committee should review the matter, and several prominent Democratic senators joined that call, Franken issued a second statement in which he agreed.

Tweeden also released a photo of her asleep on a military aircraft, wearing a flak jacket and a helmet.

The Minnesota senator spoke of this USO event on the House floor in 2010, in which he described Tweeden as "beautiful". "How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it's amusing?"

"But I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann", Franken wrote, according to the Associated Press. "I shouldn't have done it", he said. And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed. "It isn't amusing. It's completely inappropriate", he said. Al Franken, D-Minn., of sexual misconduct accepts his apology and said she is not looking for him to resign.

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"This incident was never reported to the USO", USO spokeswoman Ashley McLellan said in an email. "The report is deeply disturbing and does not reflect the values of the USO".

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.

I respect women. I don't respect men who don't.

Moore, 70, has denied the accusations and said he was the victim of a witch hunt.

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.

Franken's staff has not yet responded to a request for comment.

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.

When reporters on Capitol Hill asked Sen. She added Franken should leave the Senate if the account is true.

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