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Franken Assault Fallout Continues; Tweeden Shares Apology Note

Taylor Holt
November 17, 2017 10:42 PM

Controversy continues to swirl around Senator Al Franken following sexual assault allegations. Radio News Anchor, Leeann Tweeden accused him of kissing and groping her in 2006. A picture also came out on the tour of Franken grabbing Tweeden's breasts over an army protective vest.

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The Senator did publicly apologize, but continues to receive major backlash.

He has also already begun to cancel appearances including a book festival he was scheduled to attend in Atlanta on Monday. Meanwhile, Tweeden continues to speak out.

On her Friday morning appearance on The View, she shared a personal letter from Senator Franken following a public apology Thursday. 

He letter read in part "Dear Leann, I want to apologize to you personally. I don't know what was in my head when I took that picture, but that doesn't matter. There's no excuse."

Twedden says she felt, embarrassed and belittled.

"I don't think there's anything funny about that photo," said Tweeden in the interview. "That was the beginning of the trip that that happened and there were little petty things that happened for the next two weeks,"

She says she accepts Franken apology, but she's sharing her story now for other women.

"I just wanted to shine the light and stand on the shoulders of these other women to say this is not right," Tweeden added.

Lawmakers on both sides have criticized Franken's actions and called for an ethics investigation. 

Late Thursday, President Trump tweeted:

"The Al Frankenstein picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 while she sleeps."

However, several women who worked for the Senator are vouching for him in the wake of allegations. The former Franken employees issued a joint statement Friday saying the Senator treated them "with the utmost respect."

As for calls for resignation, Tweeden says that is not her call, but for the people of Minnesota to decide.

"This is not about donkeys and elephants. This is about right and wrong," said Tweeden.

Thursday, Franken said he'd gladly cooperate with an investigation. Eyewitness News reached out to Franken's office for comment but we did not hear back.


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