Radio Host Accuses Sen. Al Franken of Sexual Assault

LA radio host Leeann Tweeden said Sen. Franken forcefully kissed and groped her while the two were on a USO tour in 2006. (Image credit: Ryan J. Reilly/Flickr)

LA radio host Leeann Tweeden has accused Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) of sexual assault, saying he forcefully kissed and also groped her while the two were on a USO tour in 2006. Franken has since apologized for the incidents.

According to NPR, Tweeden's statement alleges that Franken insisted they rehearse a kiss for one of the sketches he had written, in spite of her refusal to practice with him.

Tweeden said she told the former Saturday Night Live star "something like 'Relax Al, this isnt SNL...we dont need to rehearse the kiss.' " But she said he insisted and she relented. "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."

In a later incident, as they were en route home from the tour onboard an Army transport plane, Tweeden said Franken groped her as she slept.

Her post includes a photo of Franken with his hands on her chest, looking back at the camera and smiling. She is asleep, wearing a helmet and flak jacket.

Franken issued a statement following the accusations, saying:

"I certainly don't remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann. As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn't. I shouldn't have done it."