Thursday, sports commentator and model Leeann Tweeden, accused Democrat Minnesota Sen. Al Franken of sexually harassing her during a USO visit at Vietnam in Dec 2006, and she even offered a photo as a proof.
She also said Franken, who was the comedian of the tour, invented short skit where he is kissing her and insisted on practicing the act.
“He repeated that actors really need to rehearse everything and that we must practice the kiss. I said ‘OK’ so he would stop badgering me. 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.”
“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.”
“I walked away. All I could think about was getting to a bathroom as fast as possible to rinse the taste of him out of my mouth.”
“I felt disgusted and violated.”
“Not long after, I performed the skit as written, carefully turning my head so he couldn’t kiss me on the lips.”
The harassment continued afterward also.
“The tour wrapped and on Christmas Eve we began the 36-hour trip home to L.A. After 2 weeks of grueling travel and performing I was exhausted. When our C-17 cargo plane took off from Afghanistan I immediately fell asleep, even though I was still wearing my flak vest and Kevlar helmet.”
“It wasn’t until I was back in the US and looking through the CD of photos we were given by the photographer that I saw this one:”
— Meridith McGraw (@meridithmcgraw) November 16, 2017
“I couldn’t believe it. He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep.”
“I felt violated all over again. Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated.”
“How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it’s funny?”
“I told my husband everything that happened and showed him the picture.”
“I wanted to shout my story to the world with a megaphone to anyone who would listen, but even as angry as I was, I was worried about the potential backlash and damage going public might have on my career as a broadcaster.”
“But that was then, this is now. I’m no longer afraid.”
Franken issued a statement:
NEW Stmt from @SenFranken: “I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann.”
Says he “shouldn’t have done” the picture. pic.twitter.com/cJ0avgDroM
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) November 16, 2017
Apparently, this isn’t the first time Franken misbehaved, as Joy Behar discovered.
— Call me "Cigar man" (@GvL77) November 16, 2017
If the media want the people to see them seriously, then they should start holding accountable Democrats such Joe Biden, Al Franken and Bill Clinton.
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