Al Franken

Democrat Senator Al Franken has apologized for groping a California model as she slept during a USO tour in Afghanistan in 2006. Franken, 66, is the latest celebrity or high profile figure to be accused of sexual misconduct since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke in October.

California morning radio host Leeann Tweeden says Franken grabbed her breasts while she slept on a military aircraft.

She produced a photo that shows Franken grabbing her breasts when she was a 23-year-old model during a USO tour.

She said he also forced his tongue in her mouth while they rehearsed a scene where they would fake a 'kiss' for the military audience.

"People make mistakes. I'm not calling for him to step down. That's not my place to say that," said Tweeden during an afternoon press conference on Thursday.

She said the incidents occurred before Franken was elected senator.

Franken spoke about the damning photo in a statement hours after Tweeden went public.

"I don't know what was in my head when I took that picture, and it doesn't matter. There's no excuse. I look at it now and I feel disgusted with myself. It isn't funny. It's completely inappropriate. It's obvious how Leeann would feel violated by that picture."

Tweeden said she accepted his apology years ago, but she hinted more women might come forward.

"I've gotten a phone call from a woman that has – I've only gotten a message – that says something similar has happened to her. And I haven't returned it yet. So that's to be determined. I don't know," she said.

Tweeden said she kept the abuse a secret because Franken was a powerful man in Washington and she feared the accusation might cost her her job.

The accusations prompted lawmakers to call for Franken to step down from the Senate.

  • iWasteTime

    le weep

  • hottlanta

    I remember that photo. What was funny then is not funny now. If he steps down Dump should step down as well.

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    I bet it's some folks shaking in their boots at the thought that they'll be exposed!

  • Rob

    But, what did Dump do? Receipts?

  • Rob

    He wasn’t “accused” he was busted. His obnoxious ass.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile ... Ugh

  • Naka Okuma

    This "caught in the act". Men without self control....tueh.

  • MsPam

    Never funny at anytime! What’s your obsession with Trump, their both disgusting. People in Hollywood and Washington D.C. ( Politicians) are the same.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Did you forget about this stuff?:

    Trump: Yeah, that’s her. With the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.

    Bush: Whatever you want.

    Trump: Grab ’em by the p***y. You can do anything.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/08/us/donald-trump-tape-transcript.html?_r=0

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Grab 'em by the kit kat.
    Fourteen women have accused Trump of sexual assault including a women who says she was 13 when Trump raped her.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Oh no Hot said something mean about your boo thang Trump.
    Well you'll get over it after you see how much more you will be paying in taxes.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Why is he 'obnoxious'?
    Because he's a Democrat?

  • JV

    I think if Democrats want to maintain an ounce of credibility on sexual assault, they should call on Franken to step down. There has been a reckoning since Clinton (Bill), and here it is. And yeah, Weinstein was a Democratic donor as well.

    If he doesn't leave office/get the boot, the message is: "good" politics makes you a good person, and these things get swept under the rug. Just get out. I liked Franken too.

    Will also say that the Franken story is no where NEAR as salacious as Roy "Evangelical Christian" Moore, and his sexual assault of underage girls. (He was once banned from an Alabama mall for harassing teenage girls as well, not coincidentally). Somehow we didn't get a post about that...

  • MsPam

    I don’t vote, I don’t care about # 45, 44,43,42,41,40, 39,38,37,36,35,34,33,32,31,30,29,28,27,26,25,24,23,22,21,20,19,18,17,16,15,14,13,12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

  • JV

    Whataboutism is cheap. Somebody needs to act like an adult in Washington.

  • JV

    I can see "obnoxious" from some of his SNL stuff.

  • TheOwley

    Come next election they will all be accused of some sort of sexual harassment, wait for it. Some true, some not so true. This is why I'm advocating for the improvement of sex robots, so bring on the sex androids. Give one to all congressmen and actors.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a307b913b3fe6781e39b91eea91701f85f3abcea19ec4433648dc7e4177d98d0.jpg .

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    They should at least censure him, but I cant see them asking him to resign. He wasn't a senator when that groping incident happened.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    They should at least censure him, but I cant see them asking him to resign. He wasnt a senator when that groping incident happened.

  • TheOwley

    Neither was Moore. More information is coming out in that situation which has pretty much sealed his election win.

  • JV

    It's hypocritical though. "Grab 'em by the p*****" didn't happen during Trump's presidency, or the accusations of sexual assault. Yet many where saying that made him unqualified (and those of us were very right).

  • JV

    I don't trust inbred Alabamians not to vote him in anyway. ijs.

  • hottlanta

    Naw when we breath bad air,start drinking brown water and can't sue the banks anymore in a class action lawsuit after they mess over our money. Everyone keep their eyes on the bs I keep my eyes on the prize. You know I stand by what I said. Why do you think he has no comment on Moore. He was all up in the football players business trying to get them fired for misconduct according to him but said nothing about a government employee like Moore. You have to read what Dump doesn't tweet and say instead of what he tweets and says.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    LOL. Ok.
    I have never been a regular viewer of SNL.

  • hottlanta

    His wife Ivana said he raped her as well during the divorce deposition. She got her money.

  • hottlanta

    You playing right.

  • JV

    Well I wouldn't recommend it now, it's pretty terrible writing. If they didn't have the Trump administration, they would be out of business.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    It looks like he's not even touching her. Looks like they're joking am I missing something?

  • TheOwley

    Talking about salaciousness, Sen. Bob Menendez is a free man today, free to go back to his underaged hookers.

  • NeverSurprised

    Thank goodness Democrats have so much “respect” for women.

  • NeverSurprised

    By the way, with all of this current outrage, will we ever revisit all of the women that Bill Clinton RAPED? You know, the women who were mocked and ridiculed by the liberal media just one year ago when Hillary the Enabler was running as the champion of women.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Yeah Moore cruised the malls in Gasden looking for teenaged girls.
    What's the new information, genius?
    Nothing.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    You are taking an extremely hardline approach.

    First of all there is a picture of the 'incident' and you can tell Franken was joking around.

    The picture has been out there for years but now she wants to say that Franken groped her while she was asleep? Ohhh k.

    This is one incident and Franken apologized and the lady accepted his apology.

    Moore is a predator and has refused to acknowledge that he did anything wrong.

    Sorry, but two vastly different scenarios.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    There was other stuff that disqualified Trump from being president besides the clip from the Access Hollywood tape.

  • NeverSurprised

    And let’s not forget the tapes of Hillary LAUGHING about defending and helping to free a child rapist. Because apparently, child rape was fine when Hillary was a candidate, so the press never bothered to report on it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCDzRtZLUkc

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    LOL ok

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Exactly. Trump doesn't want to open up his own can of worms by mentioning Moore.

  • TheOwley

    It's the news no one reports brainiac. You need to look it up, I'm not handing you anything. BTW, I'm not picking sides, just illustrating the absurdity of this whole thing. I suggest you give it a try, Roddy.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Wow you've become Sandy's head troll.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Twenty years old isn't underage, but 14 and 16 years olds are.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    BTW, I'm not picking sides.

    Dude you are obviously pro-Republicans but keep lying to yourself if it helps you sleep better.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Not much of a comparison in my mind, really. Al Franken kissing and grabbing the boobs of a 30-something year old woman is on a whole different level from RoyMoore who was 1/ known for cruising for teenage girls 2/ is accused of sexual contact by a then 14-year old girl, and 3/ accused of attempted sexual assault by a then 16 year old girl.
    The level of seriousness is clearly not the same. And the level of public disgust between the adult sexual assault/harassment vs the CHILD sexual assault is of course very different. I'm sure Roy Moore's supporters will try to make it seem like these are 2 similar types of incidents, but they're not. Not even close.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    "The news no one reports"? Come on. Seriously?

    You have some hidden secret news about this that the rest of America doesn't know?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Are you taking a situation a grown man using adult hookers, and putting that on the same level as a grown man sexually assaulting teen girls?

    Is that what you're really doing right now?

  • TheOwley

    Doncha know every child prostitute in the DR is 20 you dumb twat.

  • isaiit

    And to take a picture of it is even more offensive

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    She's accusing him of grabbing her boobs while she was sleeping.

  • TheOwley

    No I'm not and you know well that's not what I'm saying so don't twist it. He's corrupt, period. Minors into prostitution will lie about their age to facilitate for the foreigners. This is why these bastards travel over seas where the age of consent is lower.

  • dontgetblocked

    Well mentor started a chapter of the KKK in WV. Senator Robert Byrd.

  • dontgetblocked

    PREACHED!!!

  • TheOwley

    I've dealt with sexual abuse of women and children so I'm fully aware of the differences but unlike you, I'm not parceling the level of depraved-ness to make a point for one being as Senator and the other not. At this point these guys run the gamut of depravedness and they don't deserve a break.

    Since I'm non-partisan I have the freedom to say both are scum who don't belong. I don't hold their water. But why I am not surprised the partisans are coming out to say "hey yours is worse than mine." They did it for Bill Clinton for 8 freaking years and now they are coming out, oops, I guess those women were right after all.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Yeah you're an Einstein, troll.

  • dontgetblocked

    Men always hide behind sexual harassment as if it's a joke.

  • TheOwley

    No, I'm libertarian with centrist leanings. I enjoy pointing out the idiocy and ineptitude of both sides. Unlike you, I don't have scales in my eyes, Roddy. My soul is mine, and I sleep very well, thank you.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Libertarian with centrist leanings?

    Ha,ha,ha!!

    Keep lying to yourself and from your comments you have no soul.

  • TheOwley

    Not by a long shot peasant, but just enough to sniff out the silly people I bother to deal with, Roddy.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy??

    Dear Political clowns.

    Democrats and Repulicans are both awful. No party is any better than the other. Some of y'all are too damn old not to know politicians are like lawyers. They go at each other's throats in the courtroom. As soon as they leave the courtroom they're friends again. Politicians fight in front of us. Behind closed doors they're all buddies. They all work for the same broken system. Why would they really hate each other? They all take part in the same sick perversions. None of them are innocent.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Azzhole Pig!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    It's a shame you don't do self-assessments.

  • hottlanta

    So Melania isn't enabling Dump by saying the Access Hollywood tape was "locker room talk it's no big deal "and is Moore wife enabling him as well by saying the woman are lying. Melania was acting like was another day in the neighborhood and she is used to it.

  • hottlanta

    Yeah when they asked him about his foreign policy experience he said he get's that from Sunday morning news shows. I thought he was kidding and now I believe him.

  • TheOwley

    What for? I would change nothing, Rod.

  • hottlanta

    A lawyer doing her job.

  • NeverSurprised

    Not merely her mentor, but mentor and “dear friend”

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    "Non-partisan"? haha . Sure you are.

    Your'e "fair and balanced"... like Fox News.

  • NeverSurprised

    And of course we can’t firget the $800,000 Clinton paid to Paula Jones to settle her sexual harassment suit (where are the sexual harassment lawsuits agInst President Trump? Please name ONE).

    But Hillary the Enabler was the WOMAN’s CANDIDATE, holding herself up as the bastion of women’s rights ( something Melania has never claimed to be, besides, Melania wasn’t running for office last year, Hillary the Enabler was.).

    As Juanita Broderick and the other victims of Bill’s years of rape and harassment attest, it was Missy Anne Hillary who orchestrated the campaigns of intimidation to silence any woman who came forward. That good old Democratic Party, what would women do without it?

  • NeverSurprised

    Hey hun. Enjoy your night.

  • NeverSurprised

    In law school I once I clerked at Legal Aid where I met many lawyers who were assigned to clients they did not want to represent. Those who had a moral dilemma asked to be taken off the cases. Others felt the need to do their job and remained. But only the LOWEST OF THE LOW WOULD HAVE EVER LAUGHED ABOUT FREEING A MAN THEY KNEW WAS GUILTY OF RAPING A 12 YEAR OLD CHILD!!

    Only a special breed of evil low life scum would do that — scum of the the Clinton Variety.

  • TheOwley

    Fair and balanced? If you want to call it that. If it's an assclown from either side, it's an assclown. I'm an equal opportunity cynic, I call out the rock throwers that live in glass houses.

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    Replace the whole system...

  • hottlanta

    But but but the uranium deal and yet no one has said anything about the guy who is building that Dakota pipeline was a major donor to Dump. Dump became President and rolled back regulations for the pipeline so he could finish it and the guy doesn't have all of the paperwork completed and he also has a stake in that pipeline. How much was Dump paid and how much is he getting out of the deal. Only the lowest of the low of a man will say to a 12 year old girl coming down the escalator I will be dating you in 10 years and you are 70, will go into a dressing room unannounced several times on purpose while preteens are getting dress, when they scream you joke and say I have seen it before. I know your all time favorite when he said he would date his daughter and yet you hate the Clintons to call them scum. In the words of Dump Jr. I love it.

  • Rob

    Nope. What did he do?

  • hottlanta

    Why am I channel surfing and see Charlie Sheen still on television after he has given women HIV, paid them off when the story broke in the National Enquirer and Corey said that he raped him as well. Crime does pay.

  • hottlanta

    Melania championing women rights is like her speaking English and writing her own speech. That will be a comedy act. That is why she knows she better stay quiet. Ask her how is her bullying campaign working and get back with me.

  • http://bettybooplover.tumblr.com/ Berry Melon
  • samuel severino

    Please don’t ever use Snopes as your source ever again. They initially were a couple, not some big corporation.
    Then the husband cheated on his wife with a porn star/escort girl and they got a divorce. Out of spite he made the porn star one of the “fact checkers.”

    They are also a George Soros funded front group so they always make sure they either lean liberal or cover for liberals when they look bad.
    Not only can you look this up but if you look at several stories in a row you will notice a pattern.

  • samuel severino

    Not to mention all of the rapists and predators she defended as well for her bigwig clients.

  • samuel severino

    Exactly. There are plenty of lawyers who do not take cases that they morally disagree with.

  • samuel severino

    There are also about 28 women who were raped by Bill Clinton that the details are sealed legally. Nevertheless these things always have a way of getting like his special move of always biting a woman extremely hard on her bottom lip until she bled and then laughing it off hysterically.

  • http://bettybooplover.tumblr.com/ Berry Melon

    Oh, so they cover things up. No wonder everything seems twisted on that website. I knew it was too good to be true. There's a lot of sites like that out there that fool people.

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Snopes as a source, say it ain't so? ??

  • JV

    Oh, they are very different -- and I mentioned that the Moore accusations are far more salacious.

    But some reason, people are getting the idea that this about the picture above. It isn't. The main issue is that Franken, under guise of rehearsing a skit with the woman backstage, forcefully stuck his tongue down her throat. And the accuser claims there is another woman with a similar story. Franken hasn't denied anything, but merely stated something about misremembering the incident.

    I think if Democrats are serious about taking the lead with regard to social issues, he should step aside. They need to take the high road, especially because sexual misconduct (and sexual assault and possible rape, in Moore's case) is so looked over by the right now that Bill Clinton isn't president.

  • hottlanta

    Dump tried to tweet about Al but got his azz handed to him. Someone should have told him not to do it.

  • https://vidozz.com/cyq ? Kari ?????????

    Is killary enabling slick willie? Oh yeah she is.....

  • https://vidozz.com/cyq ? Kari ?????????

    Hillary is a pig. I’m glad she not president. She’s not deserving of it

  • https://vidozz.com/cyq ? Kari ?????????

    Franken is a pig. He needs to resign

  • KA

    Exactly. He apparently forgot about all the women accusing him of sexual assault, or the ACTUAL RECORDING of him describing how he sexually assaulted women. And the fact that he hasn’t said anything about Roy Moore. He’s so dayum stupid.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/88a713bc1c0375a0f12470cf27e72dba50098360b8a00b8c747a2c3514d8c01b.jpg

  • hottlanta

    They even went in on Ivanka when she complained about Moore.

  • Dowoop

    I was wondering the same thing. If she is referring to the picture posted above, i dont buy it. You aint grabbin shit thru a bulletproof vest and that pic looks like a joke.

  • Trace da Ace

    NASTY BASTARD!!! thats all I got for this post...

  • Rob

    Thanks, but I didn’t see anything actionable there for Trump. As he said back then, words versus actions.

    Conversely, we have a an example of a Democrat doing exactly what Trump says women will let you do. Franken says “kiss me” and the women’s does. He grabs her t*ts and she says nothing for years — only after the story broke did she speak up, and still doesn’t want him to lose his job.

    It’s pathological.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Of course. It figures that you wouldn't see anything actionable for Trump. But on that tape he said himself what he likes to do, and there were 12 women who accused him of doing just that (sexual harrassment/ assault). I guess maybe you think all 12 women are just making it up for some reason.

    To me, it's about these dudes having a sense of entitlement to a woman's body, just because they have fame or power. That's a big problem in my mind, whether the person is a Democrat or Republican. It's not a partisan thing for me.

  • Ant Hill

    Grope? Where is that taking place in that pic?

  • Ant Hill

    Z Phi Beast, I am sure no one wants to grab yours, but you Z Phi Beasts were known to be grabbing on the d in college, are you a nasty azzhole pig too?

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Oh, you like arguing with women.
    How very "bouncy" of you. I