(National Sentinel) Sex Scandal: As Democrat and their allies in the establishment media continue to hit Republicans over allegations that GOP Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore sexually abused a teenaged girl as an adult, new charges of sexual assault have been levied against Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota.
Los Angeles journalist Leeann Tweeden, a morning news anchor for TalkRadio 790 KABC, wrote on the news station’s website Thursday, accusing Franken of kissing and groping her in 2006 without her consent.
In her addition to her allegations, she has provided photographic evidence to back up her claims (see above).
On the station’s website, she wrote that in December 2006 she and Franken were part of a USO tour to the Middle East to entertain U.S. troops. Franken, who was famous as a comedian at the time, headlined the tour.
She said that during the tour Franken wrote a skit that required him to kiss her, and that he repeatedly claimed the two would have to “rehearse” the kiss before the first show.
After refusing several times, Tweeden said she finally relented.
“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,” she wrote.
She claimed “the skits were full of sexual innuendo geared toward a young, male audience,” but when “Franken said he had written a part for me that he thought would be funny, and I agreed to play along.”
“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,” she wrote.
She said she “pushed him away” immediately, claiming she “felt disgusted and violated.”
But that wasn’t all. On the trip home after a grueling, tiring, two-week schedule, she immediately fell asleep, even though I was still wearing my flak vest and Kevlar helmet,” on the C-17 transport plane. During her slumber, as evidenced by the photograph, she said Franken then groped her without her consent.
“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,” she said.
“I couldn’t believe it. He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep,” Tweeden wrote. “How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it’s funny?”
Tweeden wrote that she decided to come forward and tell her story after hearing California Rep. Jackie Speier’s story of how she, too, was sexually assaulted as a congressional aide.
Franken responded to Tweeden’s claims on Thursday, saying in a statement that he remembers what happened differently.
“I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann,” Franken said, according to The Daily Caller. “As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it.”
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There have already been calls in some political sectors for Franken to resign, especially amid ongoing sexual assault complaints against Democrat-aligned Hollywood figures.
Also, some say that Franken should be expelled from the Senate in the same way Republican leaders have threatened to expel Moore should he win a special election next month.
Update: Tweeden says she accepts Franken’s apology, and that she’s not pushing for an ethics investigation or for Franken to step down. “Apparently, the Left has different standards for Democratic politicians than for Republicans,” site editor-in-chief J.D. Heyes said.
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