The TV host who accused Senator Al Franken of forcefully kissing her without consent and later groping her — which is evident in a picture — accepted the lawmaker’s apology during a press conference today.
Franken released a number of statements today — all of which he apologized to Leeann Tweeden for his inappropriate behavior in one way or another. Tweeden held a presser further detailing the incident after her story was immediately picked up by nearly every major news outlet today.
At the press conference, she told reporters the following: “The apology — sure, I accept it. People make mistakes and of course he knew he made a mistake, and so yes, I do accept that apology. The ethics investigation — if that’s what Mitch McConnell wants to do, that’s on them. I’m not calling for that… I’m not demanding for any of that.”
Aside from accepting Franken’s apology, she did delve into the disturbing details behind the alleged kissing incident — referring to it as “assault” at one point. “He came at me and before I even knew it, he put his hand on the back of my head and came towards me and mashed my face against my mouth and stuck his tongue in my mouth. I sort of pushed him back and I said, ‘Don’t ever do that to me again. I was so angry and I walked out of there,” said Tweeden.
The kissing incident, photographed groping, and Franken’s overall treatment of Tweeden is the “combination” that led her to ultimately come forward over a decade after the USO Tour in Afghanistan where the two worked together.
“If he’s done this to somebody else, maybe somebody else will have the courage to come out in real time and not hold this in for ten years and have the anger and the humiliation and the shame that I had for ten years. I’m coming out now so I can be done with it. And maybe he can’t get away with it anymore,” she added.
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