Leeann Tweeden, a KABC-AM news anchor and co-host of “McIntyre In The Morning,” has accused Minnesota Sen. Al Franken of kissing and groping her during a USO tour to the Middle East in 2006.
In a post shared early Thursday morning on KABC.com, Tweeden says the former comedian and now-politician forcibly kissed her after insisting they rehearse a kiss he wrote into a skit for the troops.
She also provided a photo of Franken apparently reaching toward, if not touching, her breasts while she is wearing military gear and sleeping. Franken appears to be mugging for the camera.
The Democratic senator’s office quickly responded with a statement:
“I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann. As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it.”
Franken, 66, who has been married for 40-plus years, is the first member of Congress to face allegations of sexual harassment or abuse during the current groundswell of powerful men accused of such crimes or behavior.
Featured image courtesy of KABC.