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Al Franken apologizes for sexual misconduct, calls for investigation

Al Franken apologizes for sexual misconduct, calls for investigation

Tweeden said Speier's recollection, of a man she did not identify who "held her face, kissed her and stuck his tongue in her mouth", had similarities to her own experience with Franken.

Speaking on CNN's "The Lead" with Jake Tapper on Thursday, Tweeden said that the incident, which occurred in 2006, before Franken was a senator, left her "so angry, I was in disbelief".

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".

"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", wrote Tweeden, now a radio personality at a Los Angeles station.

Tweeden also shared a photo which appears to show Franken groping her breasts while she was asleep while travelling back to Los Angeles. She says Franken was the headliner on a roster of entertainers that included musicians Darryl Worley, Mark Wills, and some members of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.

Tweeden wrote in a column on Tuesday that Franken forcefully kissed her and groped her without permission in 2006.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was quick to call for an ethics committee probe into the allegations against Franken. "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".




Franken apologized Thursday but says he remembers the skit rehearsal differently, per the Hill.

She told reporters in a later press conference that she considered the kiss an assault but accepted his apology. "He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep", she wrote.

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. It isn't amusing. It's completely inappropriate.

"I respect women. I don't respect men who don't", said Franken, who joined the Senate in 2009 after a career as a comedian. "Comedy is no excuse for inappropriate conduct, and I believe there should be an ethics investigation". "I shouldn't have done it", Franken added. "I think the tide is turning, and what about all the women who don't have microphones and a voice and can say something and it's all over the news?"

"He had a chance to apologize to me then, because he knew - he knew exactly what he did to me then and that picture was out there", she said".

Franken, who was elected to the Senate in 2008, has become a major player in the Democratic Party, leading to discussions that he may be a potential candidate for the presidency at the 2020 election.

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