WASHINGTON (WSAV) — A radio announcer is accusing Minnesota Sen. Al Franken of forcibly kissing and groping her a decade ago.
Sen. Mitch McConnell is calling for an ethics review of the allegations. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sander says it’s an “appropriate action” for the Ethics Committee.
Leeann Tweeden says she met Franken in 2006 before he was elected to the Senate, while they were entertaining US troops overseas.
Tweeden says Franken forcibly kissed her while rehearsing a skit. She also says Al Franken groped her while she was asleep on a plane.
“I mean look I was afraid to speak out 11 years ago. I wanted to say something and there were people around me who said, ‘Oh my God, you will get annihilated and you will never work in this town again,’” Tweeden explained, adding, “and I was afraid of that, I really was afraid of that.”
Franken says he doesn’t remember the skit in the same way, but he released a statement through his office apologizing for his actions.
The statement reads, “I send my sincerest apologies to LeAnn. As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it.”
Franken says he will cooperate with an ethics investigation.