Who is Al Franken accuser Leeann Tweeden?

US senator Al Franken apologises after accusation of groping
Capitol Hill consumed by sexual harassment issue
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17 November, 2017

The Democratic senator swiftly issued an apology to Tweeden, although he claimed to remember the rehearsal differently. Franken, a veteran of numerous USO shows since 1999, had billed the tour as being "in the tradition of Bob Hope".

"I immediately pushed him away with both of my hands against his chest and told him if he ever did that to me again I wouldn't be so nice about it the next time", Tweeden wrote.

With the country warmed up by a debate about whether Roy Moore's alleged sexual misconduct toward underaged women should disqualify him for Senate candidacy, or even serve as grounds for his expulsion if he is elected on December 12, calls for Al Franken's resignation will come quickly following allegations from TV personality Leeann Tweeden that the Minnesota senator groped and assaulted her during a USO tour in 2006.

She also shared a photo that appears to show Franken placing his hands over her breasts while posing for the camera.

Franken has said that he has no idea what was going through his head when the photo was taken and that it makes him feel "disgusted".

Tweeden said she accepted Franken's apology, but added he could have apologized at any point.

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Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell responded quickly to the Franken allegations by demanding for an official investigation. I don't know what was in my head when I took that picture, and it doesn't matter.

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

Despite her need to report it, the anchor confesses she didn't do it because of the fear of reprisals and the consequences it could bring to her career. She also said he groped her while she was asleep, providing photographic evidence. Sen.

Tweeden accompanied her accusations with a hashtag #MeToo, launched last month on Twitter by actress Alyssa Milano to support her colleague Rose McGowan's complaint against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Mr Franken, a former Saturday Night Live writer, apologised for the grope. It isn't amusing. It's completely inappropriate. "Comedy is no excuse for inappropriate conduct, and I believe there should be an ethics investigation". I strongly condemn this behavior and the Senate Ethics Committee must open an investigation. She also accused Franken of kissing her against her will. There's more I want to say, but the first and most important thing-and if it's the only thing you care to hear, that's fine-is: I'm sorry. And they deserve to know that I am their ally and supporter.

She added that she had been inspired to come forward in part by California Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who spoke on 790 KABC about her own experience being forcibly kissed by a superior when she was a young Congressional aide.


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