Sen. Warren: Sen. Franken's alleged actions "unacceptable"

Leeann Tweeden

Leeann Tweeden on CNN on Thursday. Screenshot CNN

Franken began serving in the Senate in 2009 after a lengthy comedy career. The former model said the incidents occurred in 2006, when she was touring with Franken in Iraq and Afghanistan, performing skits to entertain US troops.

"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", Tweeden wrote.

Tweeden wrote in a column on Tuesday that Franken forcefully kissed her and groped her without permission in 2006. "But there's nothing amusing about sexual assault".

She posted a photo taken at the time of Franken mugging for the camera with his hands above her breasts as she sat in the military aircraft wearing a flak jacket with eyes closed.

"I couldn't believe it. I'm not demanding any of that", Tweeden said.

She said she pushed Franken away but felt disgusted and violated.

Sen. Al Franken wants an ethics probe - into himself.

She said that on the way back from the tour, onboard an Army transport plane, while she was asleep, Franken groped her. As to the photo, it was clearly meant to be amusing but wasn't. "Franken on this issue", Gillibrand said.

"I expect to hear more from Sen".

"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".

"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", he said. "What Sen. Franken did is wrong and regardless of political party, sexual harassmen and sexual abuse are unacceptable". The changes to Capitol Hill follow the ground-shaking allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct that have swept industries, organizations and institutions worldwide.


Franken's statement about Tweeden's accusations this week suggest an apparent about-face. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) if she believed the woman who stepped forward on Thursday accusing Franken of groping and kissing her during a USO Tour in 2006, the NY senator replied: "I do".

Tweeden said Franken wrote a skit that included a kiss between the two and said he insisted upon rehearsing it, which she at first resisted.

"While debating whether or not to go public, I even thought to myself, so much worse has happened to so many others, maybe my story isn't worth telling?"

After Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the Ethics Committee should review the matter, and several prominent Democratic senators joined that call, Franken issued a second statement in which he agreed.

"Sexual harassment is never acceptable and must not be tolerated", Schumer said.

Franken has apologized and says he'll cooperate with an ethics investigation.

The allegations have already been injected into politics, with the National Republican Senatorial Committee tying senators running for re-election to Franken and the National Republican Campaign Committee demanding that Democratic candidates who had received campaign money from Franken to return those donations.

Leeann Tweeden, who has said that Minnesota Democratic Sen.

"The behavior reported today is unacceptable and deeply disappointing".

"He had a chance to apologize to me then. I'm not asking for him to step down for senator. if someone else calls for that, but that's not what I'm asking". He said to me, 'We need to rehearse the kiss.' I laughed and ignored him.

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