Al Franken Sends Handwritten Apology to Leeann Tweeden After Groping Claims
Sen. Al Franken has sent a handwritten apology letter to radio host Leeann Tweeden a day after she shared a photo that shows him appearing to grope her in 2006.
The radio news anchor and former Playboy model read the apology on The View Friday morning.
“I have tremendous respect for your work for USO and I am ashamed that my actions ruined that for you," the letter read. "I am so sorry."
The apology came amid more fallout for Franken following claims that he forcibly kissed Tweeden on a USO tour to Afghanistan in 2006.
She says that after rejecting Franken's alleged advances he spent the rest of the tour tormenting her with practical jokes and his abuse culminated in the now notorious photo.
“I was the best damn actress I’ve ever been because I had to go out there on stage every night [and say] ‘Al Franken, ladies and gentleman,’ and laugh,” she said Thursday.
President Trump mocked Franken, a Democrat, in a tweet Thursday night.
“The Al Frankenstien (sic) picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2,3,4,5, & 6 while she sleeps?” he wrote.
But the Franken situation has revived memories of the infamous 2004 Access Hollywood tape, in which Trump is heard telling Billy Bush on a bus that, “You can do anything. Grab them by the p****."
Meanwhile, another woman is complaining about Franken’s behavior.
Conservative commentator Melanie Morgan, who faced off with Franken on Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect in 2000, claims the former Saturday Night Live star got hold of her home phone number and incessantly called her.
“I just said, ‘If you don’t stop this right now — stop calling me, stop contacting me — I am going to make a police report about your behavior.’ It was at that point in time, he finally stopped,” she told Inside Edition. “The harassment was not sexual.”
Franken has not commented on Morgan's claims.