US Senator Al Franken Apologizes for the 2006 Abuse Incident

Al Franken, Democratic Senator from Minnesota (photo: doc).
Democratic Senator Al Franken of Minnesota on Thursday apologized to a Los Angeles newscaster who said the senator was fondling him as the two traveled to entertain American troops stationed in the Middle East.

Leeann Tweeden, a former TV show host, sports broadcaster and Playboy model, said that Franken, who was a comedian on Saturday Night Live before running for Congress, "kissed and fumbled me without my consent, and nothing funny about that matter."

Tweeden, now a newscaster for a radio station, said when he and Franken were practicing a comedy drama to entertain the forces that required Franken to kiss him, he "aggressively put his tongue into my mouth."

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In an article posted on the KABC station site, Tweeden said, "I'm leaving, all I have in mind is to go to the bathroom as soon as possible to rinse my mouth I feel disgusted and violated."

At the end of the journey, when the entourage flies back to America, Tweeden says he is asleep, and then finds a smiling Franken picture groping her breasts.

"I do not believe it, he groped me, without my consent, while I was sleeping," he said. "I feel broken again, embarrassed, belittled, embarrassed, how dare people hold my breast like this and think it's funny?"

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In a statement, Franken said, "I certainly do not remember the practice for the comedy in the same way, but I am expressing my sincere apology to Leeann.About the photo, it clearly means funny but not funny. says Franken.

Senator Mitch McConnell, president of the Republican majority faction in the Senate, asked the Ethics Committee to review Franken's actions 11 years ago, two years before he was elected to the Senate.
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