Woman Accuses Senator Al Franken of Molesting Her During USO Tour

Lawrence Kim
November 16, 2017

A Los Angeles radio personality says that Minnesota Sen.

Twitter exploded on Thursday over allegations from a KABC radio anchor Sen.

Tweeden said the account of California Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who shared being assaulted as a congressional aid, inspired her to call out Franken. Tweeden wrote in an online essay that Franken insisted on rehearsing a skit that included a kiss between the characters, and that he forced his tongue into her mouth.

Franken said he intended for the photo to be amusing, but it wasn't. "I shouldn't have done it".

Tweeden said Franken repeatedly pressured her to practice the kiss backstage and at one point forcibly kissed her.

"We did the line leading up to the kiss and then 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.

"I felt disgusted and violated", she said.

Tweeden said the abuse took place during a USO Tour in Afghanistan.

- Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) November 16, 2017Everyone who wrote "Wow, Bill ClintonBill ClintonTop Oversight Dem pushes back on Uranium One probe Bill Clinton hits Trump, tax reform plan in Georgetown speech The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE should have resigned" essays are working on their "Step Down, Al Franken" essays right now, right? Now, spurred by her own reporting of the sexual harassment and assault claims sweeping Hollywood and other industries alike, Tweeden wrote, "I'm no longer afraid".

"We need to rehearse the kiss", Franken allegedly told her - a comment she laughed off.

Tweeden made a decision to tell her story after listening to California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier talking about being sexually assaulted as a young congressional aide.

In a statement, Franken said he had a different account of the rehearsal and regrets taking the picture.

Franken was not an elected official at the time of the groping, but was elected to office in 2009 where he is the junior senator from Minnesota. "How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it's amusing?" "But there's nothing amusing about sexual assault ... Then he said it again", she recalled.

"I'm telling my story because there may be others", Tweeden wrote.

"I want the days of silence to be over forever", she wrote. "I was just doing my job", he said.

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