I felt disgusted and violated.’ She avoided him for the rest of the trip.They were returning home on Christmas Eve when she dosed off and the picture of Franken grabbing her was taken.I don't respect men who don't,' the accused government groper added. Initially in reputation-saving mode, Franken's office had sent a much shorter statement Thursday as news coverage of Tweeden's story reached a frenzy.'I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way,' he said then, of the forced-kiss allegation, 'but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann.''As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn't.'And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed.'He specifically addressed the photo, shot as the USO performance troupe headed home the day before Christmas in 2006. I don't know what was in my head when I took that picture, and it doesn't matter. I shouldn't have done it.'Just 24 hours earlier during a Senate confirmation hearing for a Texas jurist nominated to be a federal judge, Franken engaged in a back-and-forth on one of the nominee's humorous tweets about the right to marry bacon.'I don't get it,' Franken scolded Judge Don Willett.The quickness of Al Franken's admission and apology was reminiscent of fellow comedian Louis C. has receded from the spotlight and it's unclear if he will return to performing Country singers came along to croon, and some of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders provided window-dressing.K.'s swift mea culpa following several allegations of lewd sexual misconduct against him; Mr. Tweeden had already appeared, clothed, as a cover girl on FHM, Maxim and Playboy.
And he responded to Weinstein's apparent history of serial sexual-assault last month in a stinging Facebook essay, saying that 'the disappointing responses women often face when they go public both embolden harassers and encourage victims to stay silent.'Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell issued a swift statement of his own, calling for a congressional investigation into Tweeden's claims.'As with all credible allegations of sexual harassment or assault, I believe the Ethics Committee should review the matter,' Mc Connell said. And we feel that that's an appropriate action''I am asking that an ethics investigation be undertaken, and I will gladly cooperate,' Franken said.'I felt disgusted and violated.'Tweeden was discovered In 1992, working as a hostess at a Hooters restaurant in Colorado, going on to be a Hooters calendar girl and win the Venus International Model Search; she has appeared as a host on Fitness Beach and Poker After Dark, and as a correspondent for Fox Sports Net's 'Best Damn Sports Show Period.' She has also done Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pre- and post-game coverage on Fox Sports West Franken's version of the real kiss was never repeated on stage, and she never told the USO brass what happened because 'I didn’t want to cause trouble.We were in the middle of a war zone, it was the first show of our Holiday tour, I was a professional, and I could take care of myself.'On Christmas Eve, after 2 weeks of performing in the Middle East, the troupe headed home on a 36-hour journey.I don't know what was in my head when I took that picture, and it doesn't matter. It's the impact these jokes had on others that matters. How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it’s funny?And I'm sorry it's taken me so long to come to terms with that.'While I don't remember the rehearsal for the skit as Leeann does, I understand why we need to listen to and believe women’s experiences.'I am asking that an ethics investigation be undertaken, and I will gladly cooperate.'And the truth is, what people think of me in light of this is far less important than what people think of women who continue to come forward to tell their stories. And they deserve to know that I am their ally and supporter. 'Like other women in similar situations at the mercy of powerful men, Tweeden says she kept quiet for more than a decade out of fear of what pointing fingers might have done to her career as a broadcaster.She claims she was left ‘disgusted and violated’ when Franken aggressively kissed her during a rehearsal for a skit.