SNL Female Staff Release Letter Supporting Al Franken Amid Harassment Scandal
22 November, 2017, 01:28 | Author: Julian Swanson
This is the first allegation of sexual impropriety facing Franken as a sitting senator. She added, "It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek".
Tweeden claims that Franken sexually harassed and assaulted her on a number of occasions during a USO entertainment tour in the Middle East in 2006.
The woman, Lindsay Menz, said the incident with Franken was "uncomfortable" and made her feel "gross", CNN reported.
She also says that she found a photo after returning home from the tour that shows Franken with his hands over her breasts and smiling.
The show's female staff released a letter today, saying that even though Franken's behavior towards KABC's Leeann Tweeden was "stupid and foolish", they feel compelled to defend his public service record and his conduct from when he used to work with him.
Franken's office said the senator didn't recall the photo, noting that he has thousands of photos taken with constituents every year.
In a statement Sunday to CNN, Franken said he did not remember taking the photo with Menz and that he felt "badly" that she felt disrespected. While practicing for a USO show in Afghanistan that they were to perform for US troops, Franken forcibly kissed her and shoved his tongue into her mouth, she said.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A group of women who worked alongside Al Franken on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" have signed a statement of support for the Minnesota senator. "I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected".
Menz said in 2010 she went to the Minnesota State Fair with her husband and father and met various officials and celebrities while there, as her father's business was sponsoring a local radio booth. Franken said he would welcome it.
At the same time, the president has been less forthcoming about Roy Moore, the Alabama Senate Republican candidate who has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct. The photographic evidence of his alleged groping is troubling, although it appears that Franken is merely pretending to grope Tweeden, and is not actually touching her. Tweeden was wearing a kevlar vest over a heavy jacket at the time of the photograph.
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