Woman accuses Sen. Al Franken of unwanted kissing, groping

Woman accuses Sen. Al Franken of unwanted kissing, groping

Woman accuses Sen. Al Franken of unwanted kissing, groping

"He said to me, "We need to rehearse the kiss" she wrote in the blog.

On the trip home, Tweeden fell asleep on the cargo plane, still wearing her flak vest and Kevlar helmet.

Upon returning to the USA, she recounted looking through photos and seeing an image of Franken appearing to grope her breasts.

"I felt belittled. I was ashamed".

The Minnesota senator spoke of this USO event on the House floor in 2010, in which he described Tweeden as "beautiful".

In Franken's statement - a follow-up to a widely criticized brief apology released earlier Thursday - the former funnyman apologized more effusively to Tweeden and for his actions.

I've decided it's time to tell my story.

That list includes some of the greats in comedy: "Paul Lynde, Dom DeLuise, Rip Taylor, Danny Kaye, Charles Nelson Reilly and Rock Hudson-whom, I frankly don't think is that amusing".

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".

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Tweeden wrote that she avoided Franken as much as she could during the rest of the tour, and made sure she was never alone with him.

"He walked up to me, found me in a room, and said hello to me and I was very cold to him", she said.

"I certainly don't remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann", Franken said.

"I've been angry about it, Jake, for over 10 years", she said. It isn't amusing. It's completely inappropriate.

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. It's the impact these jokes had on others that matters.

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. "I'm no longer afraid".

In the spiraling national conversation about sexual harassment, women on Capitol Hill also have recounted groping and unwanted advances from men and said that Congress lacks sufficient protections for them.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell responded quickly to the Franken allegations by demanding for an official investigation. "Comedy is no excuse for inappropriate conduct, and I believe there should be an ethics investigation", McCaskill wrote on Twitter. And they deserve to know that I am their ally and supporter. I strongly condemn this behavior and the Senate Ethics Committee must open an investigation.

"Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable-in the workplace or anywhere else", said McConnell.

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