It’s 2017 and all the sexual harassment of ghosts passed are coming back to haunt the perpetrators.
Among the many public figure men being named for sexually harassing women is now Minnesota Sen. Al Franken.
According to an article published by Leann Tweeden, former model and now news anchor at TalkRadio 790 KABC in Los Angeles, she claims Franken forcibly kissed her and groped her chest while on a USO entertainment tour in 2006.
While on the Middle East tour Tweeden said Franken, a writer for Saturday Night Live at the time, wrote a script which featured them kissing. According to Tweeden he harassed her during rehearsals.
Tweeden writes for KABC, ‘On the day of the show Franken and I were alone backstage going over our lines one last time. He said to me, “We need to rehearse the kiss.” I laughed and ignored him. Then he said it again. I said something like, ‘Relax Al, this isn’t SNL…we don’t need to rehearse the kiss.’
She claims he insisted continuously to rehearse the kiss, and started to ‘get uncomfortable’.
‘He repeated that actors really need to rehearse everything and that we must practice the kiss. I said ‘OK’ so he would stop badgering me. We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth,’ she continued.
‘I immediately pushed him away with both of my hands against his chest and told him if he ever did that to me again I wouldn’t be so nice about it the next time.’
‘I walked away. All I could think about was getting to a bathroom as fast as possible to rinse the taste of him out of my mouth.’
Tweeden said she left feeling disgusted and violated.
The assault went further, but she didn’t know until she was back home. Franken had taken a photo of him and her, while she was sleeping, with his hands on her breasts and is smiling into the camera. Tweeden didn’t find the photo until later.
‘You knew exactly what you were doing. You forcibly kissed me without my consent, grabbed my breasts while I was sleeping and had someone take a photo of you doing it, knowing I would see it later, and be ashamed,’ Tweeden wrote.
‘I’m still angry at what Al Franken did to me,’ Tweeden said.