Senator Franken apologized to the journalist, who accused him of sexual harassment

Leanne Tweden said that Franken obscene behaved with her during the preparations for the military in the middle East

Democratic Senator from Arizona al Franken on Thursday apologized to the Los Angeles journalist who accused him of sexual harassment.

Leanne Tweeden, a former television host and Playboy model, said that during the preparation for the charity entertainment programs for American soldiers in the middle East in 2006, Franken, before being elected to the Senate who worked as a comedian in the transfer of Saturday Night Live, kissed and touched her without her consent, “and there’s nothing funny.”

As stated Tweden, currently working for a leading radio station when he and Franken were rehearsing a sketch, which he had to kiss her, he “aggressively thrust his tongue in her mouth”.

In an article published on the website of the radio station KABC, Tweden said: “I left. I couldn’t think about anything except how to quickly get to the bathroom and wash off the taste. I was disgusted and felt that I had committed the violence”.

At the end of the trip when the group returned to the US, Cuiden fell asleep, and then found a photograph of a grinning Franken is holding her breast.

“I couldn’t believe it. He touched me without my consent while I was asleep, – said the journalist. – I felt insulted, embarrassed, humiliated. How someone could dare to touch my chest, but still consider it a funny?”

In the original statement, Franken said: “The rehearsal definitely stuck with me in a different way, but I sincerely apologize to Leanne. As for the pictures, obviously it was intended as a joke, but it turned out otherwise. I shouldn’t have to do that.”

He later added: “I respect women. I do not respect men who don’t respect women. And the fact that my actions give people good reason to doubt, causing me shame.”

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell urged the ethics Committee to investigate the actions of Franken. The described situation happened 11 years ago, two years before his election to the Senate. Franken himself has supported this appeal and said that “happy to assist”.

“Regardless of party affiliation, sexual harassment is completely unacceptable, both at the workplace and anywhere else,” said McConnell.

The incident with the Franken emerged shortly after the democratic Congressman from the state of California Jackie Speyer said that she knows the names of the two legislators, Democrat and Republican, are complicit in sexual harassment.

Republican Congressman from Virginia Barbara Comstock said that recently learned about the incident involving a sitting Congressman, who opened the door servant, delivered him a paper, one bath towel and then stripped in front of her. According to Comstock, the employee soon quit.

A number of congressmen from both parties are promoting a bill that all members of Congress and employees must undergo training on sexual harassment.

In recent weeks, a lot of women and men in the United States have made public accusations of sexual harassment, often by powerful people who had control over their career. A flurry of accusations rained down after more than 50 women, mostly Hollywood Actresses, accused of harassment an influential producer Harvey Weinstein.

The scandal with allegations of harassment erupted in and around a by-election to the Senate in Alabama. Two women accused the candidate-Republican Roy Moore that he had committed harassment against them 40 years ago when they were still teenagers, and 30-year-old Moore held the post of Prosecutor. Several women stated that he strongly invited them on dates when they were in high school. Moore himself rejects the charges and addressed to him the appeals of prominent Republicans – to withdraw his candidacy.