17 November, 2017
Al Franken of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour and of posing for a photo with his hands on her breasts as she slept. You can see the photo below. "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.
Tweeden joined the then-comedian on one of several trips to entertain troops in December 2006 when Franken told her he wrote a skit for the pair that included a kiss.
Tweeden published her account on Thursday, and it includes a picture of Franken groping Tweeden after she fell asleep while wearing a helmet and flak vest.
Franken continued to say he didn't remember the exact actions of the rehearsal skit, but added, "I understand why we need to listen to and believe women's experiences". His office released a statement saying the photo was meant to be amusing, though he also offered his apologies. "I shouldn't have done it".
In addition, photos from the event are online.
McCaskill said she is "shocked and concerned" following the allegations, and called Franken's alleged behavior "completely unacceptable". But multiple videos show Tweeden on United Service Organizations tours in the Middle East. The USO is a nonprofit that provides entertainment for the US military. Senators dig into election security Feinstein: Sessions should re-testify on Russian Federation meetings MORE (D-Minn.) of sexual misconduct said Thursday she accepts his apology. She writes that Franken repeatedly insisted they rehearse the kissing scene despite her protests.
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"He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep", broadcaster Leeann Tweeden wrote on Thursday.
Tweeden said she assumed she could turn her head away or put her hand over Franken's mouth "to get more laughs from the crowd". Franken began serving in the Senate in 2009 after a lengthy comedy career.
Tweeden wrote that she tried to avoid Franken after that, which she believes made him angry. "I'd go out and do a monologue, and this is something I would do, I've done for a number of years, and I'd go out and I would say, you know, I've done now seven USO tours and every year I'm just more and more impressed with the USA military, except one thing I do not get, it's the "don't ask, don't tell" policy". "It wasn't until I was back in the U.S. and looking through the CD of photos we were given by the photographer that I saw this one..." What is there for the Ethics Committee to investigate in Franken's case, exactly? I felt violated all over again. "Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated. How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it's amusing?" she wrote, adding that she was too afraid to come forward before because she was anxious doing so would affect her career.
And now, a video has surfaced of Franken and Tweeden on stage together.
MONTANARO: Absolutely. You know, the Senate and House are both moving toward trying to make sexual harassment training mandatory.
Tweeden has worked as a model, television personality, and has appeared in men's magazines. At the time of the incident she was a correspondent for Fox Sports Net's Best Damn Sports Show Period. In addition, Leeann was a correspondent for an installment of E!'s Wild On... She told a news conference in Los Angeles that she came forward hoping to inspire others to tell their stories.
Tweeden said Thursday that she was afraid to speak out when the incident happened out of fear of losing her job, explaining why she chose to come out with the allegations now.