Ignoring Sexual Harassment Allegations Against GOP Lawmakers, McConnell Wants Dem. Sen. Al Franken Probed
Ignoring long running sexual harassment allegations against numerous Republican lawmakers and President Donald Trump, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Thursday called on the Senate Ethics Committee to probe allegations against Democrat Al Franken (D-MN).
Television host and sports broadcaster Leeann Tweeden, said Thursday the Minnesota Democrat kissed and groped her in 2006 without her consent while she slept. She has a photo to prove it.
Sen. McConnell quickly put out a statement calling for the Senate Committee to review the matter despite his ignoring allegations against GOP lawmakers throughout the country for months.
It took him a while to speak up against GOP senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama who is facing an avalanche of accusations from women who said they were molested by the candidate years ago.
“As with all credible allegations of sexual harassment or assault, I believe the Ethics Committee should review the matter. I hope the Democratic Leader will join me on this. Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable — in the workplace or anywhere else,” McConnell said in a statement.
“I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann,” the senator said.
Leeann Tweeden said Sen. Franken molested her while she was on a USO Tour entertaining the troops with Franken, then a comedian.
“As a TV host and sports broadcaster, as well as a model familiar to the audience from the covers of FHM, Maxim and Playboy, I was only expecting to emcee and introduce the acts, but Franken said he had written a part for me that he thought would be funny, and I agreed to play along,” Leeann wrote in a lengthy post on her station’s website detailing the alleged sexual harassment incident.
“When I saw the script, Franken had written a moment when his character comes at me for a ‘kiss’. I suspected what he was after, but I figured I could turn my head at the last minute, or put my hand over his mouth, to get more laughs from the crowd.”
“On the day of the show Franken and I were alone backstage going over our lines one last time. He said to me, “We need to rehearse the kiss.” I laughed and ignored him. Then he said it again. I said something like, ‘Relax Al, this isn’t SNL…we don’t need to rehearse the kiss.’,” she continued.
“He continued to insist, and I was beginning to get uncomfortable. 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.”
Sen. Franken quickly apologized for the incident Thursday saying his recollection of the incident was different but he was sorry nonetheless. “I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann,” the senator said.
He admitted that the photo while it was intended to be funny does not look that way today. “As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it,” he said.
Sen. Franken told the media Thursday afternoon that he welcomes the Senate ethics probe while offering his “sincerest apologies” for the incident.
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