Woman alleges Sen. Franken groped, kissed her without consent

US senator Al Franken apologises after accusation of groping

A radio broadcaster accused US Senator Al Franken on Thursday of touching her chest while she slept and forcing a kiss on her in 2006 when he was still a comedian and the two were preparing to perform before US troops in the Middle East. Later, she says went through a CD of photos from the tour's photographer and discovered an image of Franken grabbing her breasts through the vest. He apologized to the Los Angeles anchor and said he regretted a posing for a photo with his hands on her breasts as she slept.

McCaskill seems to be referencing Franken's initial statement on the sexual misconduct allegations in which he claimed the picture of him appearing to grope Tweeden "was clearly meant to be amusing".

Al Franken was accused of sexual assault Thursday in a personal essay by a Los Angeles radio host. "Then, when Lesley's passed out, I take her to the closet and rape her, '" Franken said.

"These allegations are disgusting and Democrats who took Senator Franken's campaign money need to take action", said NRCC Communications Director Matt Gorman.

By Maria L. Taylor  Wikipedia Commons Comedian Al Franken performs for military members at Ramstein Air Base Germany in 2000
By Maria L. Taylor Wikipedia Commons Comedian Al Franken performs for military members at Ramstein Air Base Germany in 2000

Franken and Tweeden were backstage rehearsing their performance when he forcibly kissed her, she wrote.

Tweeden says she tried to resist but says Franken forced himself on her and stuck his tongue in her mouth.

The news comes as Franken is promoting a new book and seeing his star power rise as Democrats have begun to consider him as a possible challenger to President Trump in 2020. "But that was then, this is now", she says. He later released another statement in which he called for an ethics investigation into his own behavior.

Franken has apologized and says he'll cooperate with an ethics investigation. MacDonald and Franken then were quoted going back and forth about Mike Wallace, another correspondent, also being one of Rooney's rape victims.

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MONTANARO: Yeah. I don't think that this is something that, you know, applies to one party or the other. "Coming from the world of comedy, I've told and written a lot of jokes that I once thought were amusing but later came to realize were just plain offensive". "It isn't amusing. It's completely inappropriate", he said.

"People make mistakes", she replied.

In a statement Thursday, the top Republican said that "with all credible allegations of sexual harassment or assault, I believe the Ethics Committee should review the matter".

She writes that she wants her story to have the same effect on other women as Speier's did for her-motivate them to end the silence around their assaults. "I've had to live with this for 11 years", she said on-air. They deserve to be heard, and believed. Franken are serious. Harassment in any setting is clearly unacceptable.

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McConnell's push for to review Tweeden's allegations against Franken comes just days after the Senate leader warned Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore that he would face an ethics probe if he wins the upcoming special election, over allegations of sexual misconduct toward teenage girls. "I hope the Democratic leader will join me on this".

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