Leeann Tweeden, a journalist who anchors the morning news at TalkRadio 790 KABC in Los Angeles, California, is accusing Senator Al Franken (D-MN) of fondling her while asleep and shoving his tongue down her throat without her consent.
At the time, December of 2006, Tweeden had a boyfriend (who is now her husband) and was on a two week USO Tour with the then-55-year-old Franken and others. Included in her article is a photograph that clearly shows the Democrat Senator grabbing her breasts while she is asleep.
Tweeden says the discovery of the photograph made her feel “violated all over again. Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated.”
“I couldn’t believe it. He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep,” she writes, adding, “How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it’s funny?”
Franken, who has been married since 1975, was elected to the United States Senate in 2008.
Franken released a statement where he questions the alleged-victim’s interpretation of events and verifies that the photo is real.”As to the photo,” he writes, “it was clearly meant to be funny but wasn’t.”
Any fair reading of Tweeden’s side of the story would interpret Franken taking that photo as an act of hostility and vindictiveness, a desire to humiliate her after she refused to kiss him.