Al Franken accused of kissing, groping LA TV host without consent

A California TELEVISION host and sports radio broadcaster on Thursday accused Democratic Sen. Al Franken of kissing plus groping her without her permission in 2006, prompting condemnation plus calls for an ethics probe through his colleagues.  

Leeann Tweeden posted  the blog   detailing the particular alleged incident and also tweeted an image of what seems to be a smiling widely Franken standing over her since she sleeps, pretending to grab the girl breasts.  

Franken said he does not remember the kissing incident yet apologized for posing for the image. He said he intended this to be funny — but it was not.

“ I certainly don’ t keep in mind the rehearsal for the skit in the same manner, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann, ” Franken said in an initial statement. “ As to the photo, it was clearly designed to be funny but wasn’ big t. I shouldn’ t have done this. ”  

Tweeden says she was embarrassed to learn she was groped since she slept   (Reuters)

Franken later issued a detailed declaration saying there’ t “ no excuse” and he seems “ ashamed, ” while furthermore offering to cooperate in an integrity investigation into the matter.

“ I regard women. I don’t respect guys who don’t. And the fact that my very own actions have given people reasonable to doubt that makes me really feel ashamed, ” Franken said. “… I don’t know what was in my mind when I took that picture, and yes it doesn’t matter. There’s no excuse. ”

He added, “ I am asking that an ethics analysis be undertaken, and I will happily cooperate. ”  

SLIDESHOW: FRANKEN’S ACCUSER

Franken’ s accuser said within an afternoon press conference that she’d accept his apology and halted short of calling on him to step down from his post. However , Tweeden hinted that there may be more accusers.

Quickly thereafter, former Bay Area media reporter Melanie Morgan tweeted she a new similar experience with Franken — the lady later shared her account  online . Morgan claimed Franken kept calling the girl and “badgering” her after a challenge they had about budget numbers on the TV show. But unlike Tweeden’s, Morgan’s accusations did not seem to be about intimate misconduct.  

The radio host came forward within a shocking open letter on weblog   (Reuters)

Tweeden said the abuse the girl experienced took place during a USO Visit in Afghanistan.

Franken, a former writer with regard to “Saturday Night Live, ” had written a sketch for the tour in which his character kisses hers on stage. He was an Air America radio host during the time of the incident. He was elected to the U. S. Senate in 2008.

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

“ I instantly pushed him away with both of my hands against his chest and told him in a case where he ever did that to me once I wouldn’ t be now nice about it the next time, ” lindsay wrote. “ I walked in the future. All I could think about was reaching to a bathroom as fast as possible to rinse the taste with him out of my mouth. ”

Tweeden said she felt “ grim and violated” – and that the mistreatment didn’ t stop there.

A professional photographer, who was with them on their C-17 shipment plane ride back home, snapped scenes of what looks to be a having a good sleep Tweeden, still wearing her flak vest and Kevlar helmet, in conjunction with a grinning Franken appearing to grab the breasts.

“ I couldn’ t guess it, ” she wrote. “ He groped me, without an exciting consent, while I was asleep. My partner felt violated all over again. Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated. How dare anyone snare my breasts like this and reckon it’ s funny? ”

Tweeden understood she thinks Franken asked professionals take the photo “ knowing I would personally see it later, and be ashamed. ”

A accusations against Franken come on the main heels of an avalanche of accusations out of Capitol Hill on he is harassment and gender hostility. Diverso incidents out of D. C. properly as other state houses have shed light on the problems victims face when trying to track record their accusers.  

Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said one of the Ethics Committee should review the main Franken matter, and Minority Brand Chuck Schumer echoed the call.  

“ Sexual harassment is never acceptable and consequently must not be tolerated, ” Schumer, D-N. Y., said in a statement. “ I hope and expect that the Life values Committee will fully investigate this unique troubling incident as they should with an credible allegation of sexual nuisance. ”

About 1, 500 former Polish capitol Hill aides have signed an accesible letter to House and Senate frontrunners demanding that Congress put in place necessary harassment training. They’ re also deemingnaming to revamp the Office of Concurrence, a small office that deals with sorts of complaints and that few knew actually existed.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.