In a story that continues to grow, it has emerged that Democrat Senator Al Franken of Minnesota has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman during a 2006 USO tour to the Middle East. A recent photo has emerged of the assault taking place, with Franken groping Leeann Tweeden, former Playboy model and TV host.
In addition to the photo, Tweeden, whose husband is an Air Force pilot claims that Franken had written a part for her during the USO show in which his character was to “kiss” her. Franken continued to insist during the trip that the two “rehearse the kiss”.
Tweeden claims that she felt disgusted and violated by the then comedian’s behavior during the trip, and recently uncovered the photo of him groping her in her sleep.
The tour wrapped and on Christmas Eve we began the 36-hour trip home to L.A. After 2 weeks of grueling travel and performing I was exhausted. When our C-17 cargo plane took off from Afghanistan I immediately fell asleep, even though I was still wearing my flak vest and Kevlar helmet.
It wasn’t until I was back in the US and looking through the CD of photos we were given by the photographer that I saw this one: