Radio broadcaster and TV host Leeann Tweeden shocked the political world Thursday when she revealed how Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) had forced himself on her during a USO Tour in Afghanistan in 2006 by forcibly kissing her and then groping her as she slept during a flight back to the U.S.
Tweeden, who anchors the morning news at TalkRadio 790 KABC, posted a photo on her Twitter account.
“I’ve decided it’s time to tell my story,” Tweeden wrote.
— Leeann Tweeden (@LeeannTweeden) November 16, 2017
Tweeden’s announcement opened a door that is revealing a past of inappropriate behavior not suitable for a senator.
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) once discussed a skit idea he had for Saturday Night Live (SNL) that included slipping “60 Minutes” reporter Lesley Stahl pills and taking pictures of her while she is unconscious.
A 1995 New York magazine profile of Saturday Night Live described how Franken was “among a group of show writers sounding out a possible parody of Andy Rooney centered on a sedative pill bottle found in the “60 Minutes” essayist’s desk. Franken and fellow writers Norm MacDonald and Jim Downey kick around fictional Rooney responses to the discovery of the bottle.”
Franken allegedly put an edgier twist on the conversation, saying in an Andy Rooney voice, “And ‘I give the pills to Lesley Stahl. Then when Lesley’s passed out, I take her to the closet and rape her.’ Or ‘That’s why you never see Lesley until February.’ Or, ‘When she passes out I put her in various positions and take pictures of her.”
At the time, Minnesota state Rep. Laura Brod said that the SNL quotes, combined with Franken’s Playboy column, reveals “a pattern of behavior which is not suitable for a U.S. senator.”
In 2000, Franken wrote a column for Playboy called, “called ‘Porn-O-Rama!’ in which the former Saturday Night Live comedian wrote about visiting a made-up sex institute where he takes part in sexual acts with humans and machines.”
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