A Los Angeles news anchor claims Sen. Al Franken “kissed and groped her” without her consent while the pair were on a USO tour to the Middle East in the early 2000s.
Leeann Tweeden tweeted Thursday morning that, inspired by Rep. Jackie Speier who encouraged anyone who had been victimized by a member of Congress to step forward, she’d decided to tell her story. In an essay published on KABC’s website, Tweeden describes her encounter with Franken, whom she says used comedy as an excuse to be inappropriate.
Tweeden, a former model, was on her ninth tour with the USO and expected to be the event emcee, but quickly discovered that Franken had penned a special skit for her to perform with him — and he’d included a kiss that he insisted they practice beforehand.
Tweeden said she didn’t report Franken’s behavior — or the alleged assault — to superiors, but did her best to stay out of Franken’s way for the rest of the tour. He “repaid” her, she says, by peppering her with insults and drawing “devil horns” on pictures she signed for the troops.
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