Franken Accuser Says She Was Afraid To Speak Out At The Time

Sen. Al Franken D-Minn. listens at a committee hearing at the Capitol in Washington. Franken apologized Thursday after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour and of posing

US senator Al Franken apologises after accusation of groping

"I really was afraid of that", she told the media on air after publishing her initial accusations. He apologized to the Los Angeles anchor and said he regretted a posing for a photo with his hands on her breasts as she slept. MacDonald and Franken then were quoted going back and forth about Mike Wallace, another correspondent, also being one of Rooney's rape victims. "I was a kind of co-host with a lovely woman named Leeann Tweeden, and we'd do comedy routines and we'd introduce music and introduce the cheerleaders", Franken said. The tour was organized by USO (United Service Organizations, Inc.) a nonprofit that partners with the Pentagon to bring entertainment to American troops overseas.

At the time, Franken was performing as a professional comedian before running for the Senate. When informed of Tweeden's allegations Senator Franken released the following statement.

"While I don't remember the rehearsal for the skit as Leeann does, I understand why we need to listen to and believe women's experiences". As to the photo, it was clearly meant to be amusing but wasn't.

"He walked up to me, found me in a room, and said hello to me and I was very cold to him", she said.

Top Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), backed on Thursday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) call for a Senate ethics investigation into the recent sexual assault allegations against Sen.

"I hope and expect that the Ethics Committee will fully investigate this troubling incident, as they should with any credible allegation of sexual harassment". I hope the Democratic Leader will join me on this. "I shouldn't have done it", Franken said in a statement. Al Franken is the latest person to be accused of sexual misconduct - in this case by a female radio host who worked with him as part of a USO tour to entertain the troops in Afghanistan.

Sen. Ron Wyden
Sen. Ron Wyden

Senate Democrats reacted swiftly and with one voice to the allegation that came as Republicans are grappling with allegations of molestation against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in Alabama. At the time of the incident she was a correspondent for Fox Sports Net's Best Damn Sports Show Period.

On Thursday, Los Angeles radio anchor Leeann Tweeden accused Minnesota Sen.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand had said Franken's earlier statement - in which he dismissed the photo as "clearly meant to be funny" - was insufficient and that she believes Tweeden's accusations, but wouldn't comment on whether her Democratic colleague should resign, according to The Hill. She alleged that Franken aggressively kissed her, sticking his tongue in her mouth during a rehearsal for a comedy skit. Franken said then that he regretted some of the things he had written, and said he respected women "in both my personal and professional life". "I said something like, 'Relax, Al, this isn't [Saturday Night Live].we don't need to rehearse the kiss'".

"People make mistakes. I'm not calling for him to step down".

I'm still angry at what Al Franken did to me.

In an interesting wrinkle, Franken wrote in his most recent book that it was during the 2006 USO tour - the same tour on which Tweeden says he assaulted her - that he made a decision to run for the Minnesota senate seat. "He had a chance to apologize to me, I wasn't holding my breath". "I would have been long dead by now", she told reporters at the press conference.

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