Republicans as well as Democrats, including Sen. Al Franken, called for an ethics investigation after the Minnesota Democrat acknowledged Thursday which he groped a journalist Leeann Tweeden during a 2006 U.S.O. tour.
Tweeden wrote of the encounter in a post published Thursday morning. She described how Franken, who was working as a comedian on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” at the time, forcefully tried to kiss her during a rehearsal for a skit the two performed before U.S. troops stationed from the Middle East. At the time, Tweeden was working as a TV host as well as sports broadcaster, as well as a style. A few days later, Franken also posed for a photo while groping her breasts while she was asleep in a military transport plane.
via Tweeden’s story:
We did the line leading up to the kiss as well as then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine as well as aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth. I immediately pushed him away with both of my hands against his chest as well as told him if he ever did which to me again I wouldn’t be so nice about which 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 as well as violated.
Following the publication of Tweeden’s account, Franken issued a brief apology.
“I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit from the same way, however I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann,” he said in a statement. “As to the photo, which was clearly intended to be funny however wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done which.”
however a few hours later, amid mounting calls for an ethics probe, he issued a longer mea culpa.
“I respect women. I don’t respect men who don’t. as well as the fact which my own actions have given people a Great reason to doubt which makes me feel ashamed,” Franken said. “I am asking which an ethics investigation be undertaken, as well as I will gladly cooperate.”
He added: “What people think of me in light of which is actually far less important than what people think of women who continue to come forward to tell their stories. They deserve to be heard, as well as believed. as well as they deserve to know which I am their ally as well as supporter. I have let them down as well as am committed to doing which up to them.”