The allegations against Franken come at a time when Congress is conducting a review of its policy for addressing sexual harassment and how it handles complaints.
Franken's fellow Minnesota Democrat, Amy Klobuchar, said, "This should not have happened to Leeann Tweeden". Al Franken of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour and of posing for a photo with his hands on her breasts as she slept. "As to the photo, it was clearly meant to be amusing but wasn't".
A radio news anchor accused Sen. The part included Franken's character coming at her for a kiss, which Tweeden thought she could dodge.
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 chose to run for the Minnesota senate seat.
Tweeden says she felt "disgusting and violated" and walked off to the bathroom to wash her mouth out. By "this one", she was referring to the photo above, which she included with the article.
Other Democratic senators have since weighed in on the allegations, supporting an ethics investigation into Franken's alleged actions.
"To this day I talk about it and my hand clenches into a fist", Tweeden said. She said she performed the skit as written but turned her head away so Franken could not kiss her lips. "It's obvious how Leeann would feel violated by that picture". Other senators, including Democratic senators Kristen Gillibrand and Tammy Duckworth, spoke out about the incident and supported an ethics investigation into Sen.
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The incidents described by Tweeden took place before Franken took public office, though the allegations have prompted several senators to call for the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate the matter.
"The apology, sure, I accept it. People make mistakes, of course he knew he made a mistake".
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. It isn't amusing. It's completely inappropriate. He insisted that they kiss, Tweedan said, even when she said she didn't want to.
"I want to have the same effect on them that Congresswoman Jackie Speier had on me", Tweeden wrote.
Donald Trump also faces allegations of sexual assault by at least a dozen women, most of whom came forward in the months leading up to the 2016 election. He said to me, "We need to rehearse the kiss".
"Let me tell you about one show I did", he said. "I hope the Democratic leader will join me on this".
Tweeden told The Associated Press that Franken wrote a skit for the pair that was filled with "sexual innuendo", and that he had brought a woman's thong as a prop that he waved around during their performance. Franken are serious. Harassment in any setting is clearly unacceptable.