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Senator Al Franken Issues Apology After Sexual Misconduct Allegation

Senator Al Franken Issues Apology After Sexual Misconduct Allegation

Leeann Tweeden, a radio news anchor for Los Angeles’ KABC, has come forward to accuse Senator Al Franken, a former comedian on SNL, of forcibly kissing and groping her during an incident a decade ago.

She alleges they met at a USO show for service members, where they had to perform a sketch that he wrote. The sketch featured a kiss.

“He said to me, ‘We need to rehearse the kiss.’ I laughed and ignored him. Then he said it again. I said something like, ‘Relax Al, this isn’t SNL…we don’t need to rehearse the kiss’,” she said (via NBC News.) “He continued to insist, and I was beginning to get uncomfortable.”

“[He came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth,” she continued. “I immediately pushed him away with both of my hands against his chest and told him if he ever did that to me again I wouldn’t be so nice about it the next time,” she said. “I felt disgusted and violated.”

Click inside to read his apology statement…

“The first thing I want to do is apologize: to Leeann, to everyone else who was part of that tour, to everyone who has worked for me, to everyone I represent, and to everyone who counts on me to be an ally and supporter and champion of women. There’s more I want to say, but the first and most important thing—and if it’s the only thing you care to hear, that’s fine—is: I’m sorry.

I respect women. I don’t respect men who don’t. And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed.

But I want to say something else, too. Over the last few months, all of us—including and especially men who respect women—have been forced to take a good, hard look at our own actions and think (perhaps, shamefully, for the first time) about how those actions have affected women.

For instance, that picture. I don’t know what was in my head when I took that picture, and it doesn’t matter. There’s no excuse. I look at it now and I feel disgusted with myself. It isn’t funny. It’s completely inappropriate. It’s obvious how Leeann would feel violated by that picture. And, what’s more, I can see how millions of other women would feel violated by it—women who have had similar experiences in their own lives, women who fear having those experiences, women who look up to me, women who have counted on me.

Coming from the world of comedy, I’ve told and written a lot of jokes that I once thought were funny but later came to realize were just plain offensive. But the intentions behind my actions aren’t the point at all. It’s the impact these jokes had on others that matters. And I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to come to terms with that.

“While I don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit as Leeann does, I understand why we need to listen to and believe women’s experiences.

“I am asking that an ethics investigation be undertaken, and I will gladly cooperate.

“And the truth is, what people think of me in light of this is far less important than what people think of women who continue to come forward to tell their stories. They deserve to be heard, and believed. And they deserve to know that I am their ally and supporter. I have let them down and am committed to making it up to them.” Via Fox

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    Disgusting creep

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  • gwen

    It seems that the press are not asking the questions that they should be asking. It’s clear that the republicans have hijacked #metoo and are using it as a means to take down Democrats to help Roy and Sessions. Did you know that Leeann Tweeden worked for FN and was a regular guest on Sean H’s Great American Panel? She is also a Trump fan and birther. There is also a rumor that she received a book deal from Singlar Media.

    How did Roger S and Sean H know about Leeann’s story before everyone else did? On Nov 13 and Nov 15, an account believed to be owned by Roger, tweeted that something bad was coming out about Al F. On Friday, Sean tweeted that a story about Al was coming out on Monday.

    Why did Lindsay M delete her IG account and remove every comment on her twitter account that were made between Dec 2015 and May 2017?