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Radio Host Accuses Al Franken of Sexual Assault

"I felt violated all over again. Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated. How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it’s funny?" she wrote.

By NTK Staff | 11.16.2017 @11:03am
Radio Host Accuses Al Franken of Sexual Assault

Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles-based radio host and model, accused Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) of sexually assaulting her during a USO Tour in December 2006.

Tweeden wrote about the incident in an op-ed that was published by ABC Los Angeles on Thursday.

According to Tweeden, she and Franken were to perform a skit together that Franken had written, which called for a kiss between Franken and Tweeden

Tweeden wrote about the incident:

“On the day of the show, Franken and I were alone backstage going over our lines one last time. He said to me, “We need to rehearse the kiss.” I laughed and ignored him. Then he said it again. I said something like, ‘Relax Al, this isn’t SNL…we don’t need to rehearse the kiss.”

“He continued to insist, and I was beginning to get uncomfortable.”

“He repeated that actors really need to rehearse everything and that we must practice the kiss. I said ‘OK’ so he would stop badgering me. We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth.”

“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.”

“I walked away. All I could think about was getting to a bathroom as fast as possible to rinse the taste of him out of my mouth.”

“I felt disgusted and violated.”

Tweeden never told anyone about the incident at the time because she “didn’t want to cause trouble,” citing how they were in the middle of a war zone.

According to Tweeden, Franken continued to harass her during the trip “with petty insults, including drawing devil horns on at least one of the headshots I was autographing for the troops.”

During the return flight home while Tweeden was asleep Franken took a photo of himself groping Tweeden.

Tweeden wrote about the incident:

I couldn’t believe it. He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep.

I felt violated all over again. Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated.

How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it’s funny?

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