"What Sen. Franken did is wrong and regardless of political party, sexual harassmen and sexual abuse are unacceptable".
Al Franken, D-Minn., offered his "sincerest apologies" to a woman who accused him of kissing and groping her without permission in 2006, and called for an ethics investigation into his actions.
Earlier in the trip, Tweeden says Franken had also kissed her without her consent as the pair were rehearsing a skit. Even if some of Tweeden's allegations were rebuttable, the photo she released of a leering Franken placing his hands on her breasts as she slept on the military transport plane at the end of the tour is probably a career-ender for him. His office released a statement saying the photo was meant to be amusing, though he also offered his apologies.
Tweeden said the incident occurred during a 2006 USO Tour in the Middle East.
In lengthy remarks to the press Thursday, Tweeden said that she felt "violated" by Franken when he allegedly forcibly kissed her.
Tweeden writes that she was on the tour to emcee, but Franken wrote a part in one of his skits that had the two of them kiss. But, she says, Franken insisted, and she eventually relented. A copy of the photo is posted with the article.
Franken, a Democrat, has been married to his wife Franni Bryson since 1975. Then he said it again. There's no excuse. I look at it now and I feel disgusted with myself.
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Later Thursday afternoon he put out an extended statement, apologizing further and asking for an ethics investigation with which he would "gladly cooperate".
At the time, Franken was performing as a professional comedian before running for the Senate. "I said something like, 'Relax Al, this isn't SNL ... we don't need to rehearse the kiss'".
"I didn't socialize with him, I didn't talk to him for the rest of the tour", Tweeden told reporters. "It isn't amusing. It's completely inappropriate", he said. Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth said, "I believe her, and if there's an ethics investigation, that should move forward as well". Here's what they had to say. Sure", she said. "People make mistakes. "#MeToo", Tweeden wrote, using the hashtag thatgained fame in the wake of the accusations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, as people throughout the United States shared personal stories of sexual abuse and harassment.
Warren said that women who come forward with allegations of such sexual misconduct are "brave and deserve to be respected". "I hope the Democratic leader will join me on this".
Senator Al Franken meets with constituents at Minnesota Farmfest in Redwood County, Minnesota, US, August 6, 2014.