Brian Naylor. Jessica Taylor. Al Franken, D-Minn. Another prominent public figure has been accused of making unwanted sexual advances. Los Angeles radio host Leeann Tweeden said now-Sen. Franken has apologized for his actions, calling them "inappropriate.
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Franken, she said, wrote a skit in which he was to kiss Tweeden. She says Franken told her that "we need to rehearse the kiss.
She said she felt "disgusted and violated" sex didn't report it because "we were in the middle of a war zone" and "I didn't want to cause trouble. She said that on the way back from the tour, onboard an Army transport plane, while she was asleep, Franken groped her. Her post includes a photo of Franken army his hands on her chest, looking back at the camera and smiling. She is asleep, wearing a deo and flak jacket. At the time, Franken was performing as a professional comedian before running for the Senate.
Tweeden was on her ninth USO tour and was known at the time for her work as a TV host, sportscaster and model. Franken described their performances on USO tours during a Senate floor speech in opposition to the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Franken issued an initial statement: As to the photo, it was clearly intended sra be funny but wasn't.
I shouldn't have sra it. Later Thursday afternoon he put out an extended statement, apologizing further and asking for an ethics investigation with which he would "gladly cooperate.
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In a news conference, Tweeden said"Nothing like that is ever funny. I mean, is it funny if he does that to your sister or your daughter or your wife? On her own radio station she said that she wanted nothing from Franken. Tweeden said sex spoke out now www "the tide has turned" and that she was inspired by the vocalness of Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif.
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Tweeden's accusation against Franken came two days after a House hearing on what was www as a pervasive problem of sexual misconduct in Congress and also as Republicans urged Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to drop out of the race after numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, including assault, when his accusers were mostly teenagers.
I hope the Surprising place to be naked Leader will join me on this. Regardless of party, army and assault are completely unacceptable—in the workplace or anywhere else. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N. Sexual harassment is never acceptable and must not be tolerated. I hope and expect that the Ethics Committee will fully investigate this troubling incident, as they should with any credible allegation of sexual harassment.
Re Al Franken: The behavior described is completely unacceptable.
Comedy is no excuse for inappropriate conduct, and I believe there should be an ethics investigation. I support an ethics committee investigation into these accusations and I hope this latest example of the deep problems on this front spurs continued action to address it. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders offered no comment on Franken beyond saying that the White Deo believes an ethics investigation is "an appropriate action. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player.
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