Heitkamp supports ethics investigation into Franken
17 November, 2017, 01:29 | Author: Gary Shelton
Leeann Tweeden, who works for Los Angeles radio station KABCsaid the incident happened in December 2006 during a USO tour.
Tweeden also wrote that she later discovered that Franken had posed for a photo with his hands on her breasts as she slept on a transport plane during the tour. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling for an ethics investigation and Franken, surprisingly, offering his full participation. "I hope and expect that the Ethics Committee will fully investigate this troubling incident, as they should with any credible allegation of sexual harassment".
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said the allegations against Franken are "disturbing" and should be investigated. He also asked for an ethics investigation, a request that is already moving forward. "I'm not asking for him to step down for senator. if someone else calls for that, but that's not what I'm asking".
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Coming from the world of comedy, I've told and written a lot of jokes that I once thought were amusing but later came to realize were just plain offensive. When reading her part, she realized that she should kiss with the comedian and supposed that she could improvise and avoid it, but the day of the presentation she was cornered by Franken who was insisting on "practicing" the kiss.
Tweeden said Speier's recollection, of a man she did not identify who "held her face, kissed her and stuck his tongue in her mouth", had similarities to her own experience with Franken.
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"I had locked up those memories of helplessness and violation for a long time, but they all came rushing back to me and my hands clinched into fists like it was yesterday", Tweeden said.
"There's no reason why I shouldn't accept his apology", she said, adding later that Franken had an opportunity to apologize a couple years after the 2006 tour when she encountered her at a USO gala. "I said "OK" so he would stop badgering me", she wrote. Women who come forward are courageous and deserve to be respected. "I have let them down and am committed to making it up to them".
Tweeden credits an interview with California Congresswoman Jackie Speer during which Speer recalled being sexually assaulted when she was a young political aide. "We're not going to fix the problems of sexual harassment and assault until men take responsibility for their actions and change their behavior". "I said something like, 'Relax, Al, this isn't [Saturday Night Live].we don't need to rehearse the kiss'".
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