Al Franken apologises for photograph of him groping newsreader Leeann Tweeden


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Al Franken apologises for photograph of him groping newsreader Leeann Tweeden

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Al Franken says he can see why ladies would really feel violated through the photo (Reuters: Mike Segar)

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US comic grew to turn into politician Al Franken has apologised for a 2006 picture depicting him groping a newsreader’s breasts whereas she was once asleep on plane service.

Key factors:

  • The photograph used to be once inquisitive about assistance from the go back and forth photographer whereas they’d been travelling throughout the coronary heart East
  • Ms Tweeden says she did not go public on the time on account of downside her work as a edition would undermine credibility of her allegations
  • Mr Franken launched a remark apologising for the image

The photo used to be as soon as taken while Mr Franken and Leeann Tweeden were travelling inside the heart East, glorious US troops.

Ms Tweeden mentioned the photo was once once taken by way of the commute photographer and he or she very best came upon it when she opened a CD she had been given, as quickly as place of dwelling in america.

“I see a picture and there’s a picture of me drowsing in my tools on the airplane and there’s Al Franken, in fact inside the photo grabbing my boobs together with his arms,” she wrote in a weblog publish.

“As if he’s grabbing my breasts, looking on the camera and smiling, laughing with this smirk.”

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Leeane Tweedon tweet

Ms Tweeden tweeted the picture on Thursday morning (native time) and it was once quick posted on news web sites throughout the united states.

inside hours of its unencumber, Mr Franken, now a Democratic senator, launched a remark apologising.

“I have no idea what was once in my head after I took that image and it’s not relevant. there is no excuse,” he wrote.

“I take a look at it now and really feel disgusted with myself. it is not humorous. it can be completely inappropriate.

“it is obtrusive how Leeann would feel violated by using that picture.

“And, what’s additional, i will be able to see how thousands and thousands of different ladies would really feel violated by means of it — girls who have had an identical experiences in their very own lives, ladies who difficulty having these experiences, ladies who seem up to me, ladies who’ve counted on me.”

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Scripted kiss left Tweeden ‘violated, i was disgusted’

Ms Tweeden moreover knowledgeable the l. a. radio station KABC, the place she works as a radio information anchor, that Mr Franken had compelled an undesirable kiss on her all through a rehearsal initially of the go backward and forward.

She talked about she had best possible signed as much as emcee the tour, alternatively Mr Franken urged her he wanted her to be in considered one in all his skits.

Ms Tweeden talked about she agreed and he was once then insistent they practice what she idea can be a faux kiss.

“We rehearsed the road and i’m coming towards him and he comes up and he grabs me and he locations his hand at the back of my head and he aggressively is available in and he mashes his mouth up in opposition to mine and he sticks his tongue in my mouth,” she stated.

“i was violated, I was once disgusted, which is not what i used to be anticipating, all I might think was once ‘which is why you wrote that within the script for therefore you want to do this to me?'”

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She stated she failed to instantly inform any particular person, as a result of they had been in a war zone and he or she concept she should simply get on along side her job.

In his remark Mr Franken did not corroborate Ms Tweeden’s story concerning the kiss.

“whereas i don’t needless to say the rehearsal for the skit as Leeann does, I remember why we want to hearken to, and believe ladies’s experiences,” he talked about.

Ms Tweeden mentioned each different cause she didn’t go public on the time used to be as soon as because she had been a lingerie version for FHM and Playboy and feared it can undermine the credibility of her allegations.

“however that used to be then, that’s now. i’m no longer afraid,” she stated.

She said she hoped her story would lend a hand others share theirs .

Mr Franken is probably the most recent excessive profile determine to be embroiled in sexual assault allegations, coming as any other 20 men declare the U.S. actor Kevin Spacey acted inappropriately in opposition to them.