Thursday, 16 November 2017

US senator Al Franken caught on camera groping radio host

US Senator Al Franken has responded to a woman's allegations that he groped her as she slept and "forcibly" kissed her in a rehearsal for a comedy skit.

Leeann Tweeden says the two incidents happened in December 2006 on a tour to entertain US troops overseas, before Mr Franken entered politics.

The radio host wrote that the former comic "aggressively" kissed her while saying they had to rehearse a scene.

Tweeden signs autographs at her 2007 tour

Mr Franken, a former Saturday Night Live writer, apologised for the grope.

But the Minnesota Democrat said he has a different recollection of the other incident.

"I certainly don't remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann," he said in a statement.

"As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn't. I shouldn't have done it."

Mr Franken issued a second, longer statement less than two hours later after a ferocious backlash from critics who accused him of a non-apology and demanded his resignation.

BBC      News.

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