- President Donald Trump mocked Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota on Twitter Thursday night.
- Earlier Thursday, Franken was accused of sexually assaulting a Los Angeles news personality in 2006.
President Donald Trump needled Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota on Twitter after a woman accused the Democrat lawmaker of sexual assault on Thursday.
On Thursday, Los Angeles TV broadcaster Leeann Tweeden wrote in a column that Franken kissed and groped her while they attended a comedy show for the military in 2006. Tweeden alleged that Franken “put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth.”
Tweeden also provided a photo of Franken from the tour, in which he appeared to grope her breasts while she was asleep.
“The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words,” Trump tweeted Thursday night. “Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?”
“And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women,” Trump continued. “Lesley Stahl tape?”
Trump appeared to reference a quote from a 1995 New York Magazine article in which Franken, who wrote comedy sketches at the time, reportedly floated a crude scene involving CBS reporter Lesley Stahl.
“‘I give the pills to Lesley Stahl. Then when Lesley is 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,'” Franken reportedly said.
Following the accusation, Franken issued an apology and said that he would “gladly cooperate” with an ethics investigation.
“I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann,” Franken said in a statement. “As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny, but wasn’t,” he said.
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