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Posted Thursday 11/30/17 at 1:38PM EST
A U.S. army veteran accuses Al Franken of groping her during his 2003 USO tour
Stephanie Kemplin, 41, has become the fifth woman to accuse the U.S. senator of inappropriate touching. The first accusation against Franken, by broadcaster Leeann Tweeden, also took place during a USO tour, three years later in 2006. Asked to respond, Franken's spokesperson said: ""As Sen. Franken made clear this week, he takes thousands of photos and has met tens of thousands of people and he has never intentionally engaged in this kind of conduct. He remains fully committed to cooperating with the ethics investigation." ALSO: A conservative street artist has put Franken groping up on a billboard.
Posted Tuesday 11/21/17 at 9:19PM EST
Why the 36 female former SNL staffers supporting Al Franken’s letter are no “Lena Dunham 2.0”
Unlike Dunham’s statement last week in support of her former Girls writer, the letter released this morning from the former female SNL staffers “did not aim to assassinate (radio host Leeann) Tweeden’s character or diminish her claim,” writes Rachel Winters. “While the SNL women could have chosen stronger language than ‘foolish’ and ‘stupid,’ they accepted that what Franken did was wrong. Their intention was not to slander Tweeden, but to testify—after years of sharing a workplace with Franken—about what their own experiences were like.” ALSO: Introducing the “Lena Dunham Apology Bot.”
Posted Tuesday 11/21/17 at 12:35PM EST
36 former female SNL staffers sign a letter defending Al Franken
Notably, only two former female cast members, Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman, signed the letter defending Franken, who worked on Saturday Night Live as a writer from 1975 to 1980 and as a featured player from 1985 to 1995. "What Al did was stupid and foolish, and we think it was appropriate for him to apologize to Ms. (Leeann) Tweeden, and to the public," the open letter reads. "In our experience, we know Al as a devoted and dedicated family man, a wonderful comedic performer, and an honorable public servant."
ALSO: Arianna Huffington calls Franken’s photo shoot showing him grabbing her breast and buttocks “satirical”: “I think I’m a better judge of how I felt in that satirical photo shoot with Al Franken than the recollections of an anonymous bystander. I thought the point of this moment was to believe women’s accounts of their own experiences.”
Posted Friday 11/17/17 at 1:22PM EST
Al Franken’s accuser read his personal letter of apology on The View
“He’d reached out, would like to talk to me personally,” radio host Leeann Tweeden told The View co-hosts this morning. She responded that “I will” talk to him.
Posted Thursday 11/16/17 at 10:42PM EST
Stephen Colbert reacts to Al Franken’s sexual misconduct: “Come on, Franken!”
“I guess there are no good people left,” Colbert said on Thursday's Late Show in reaction to the news that the U.S. senator, whom Colbert says he’s long admired, is now part of the sexual misconduct scandals rocking Hollywood. “But, I’ve got to say, this does not bode well for Louis CK’s Senate hopes,” Colbert joked. Colbert also scolded Franken for his initial apology that the photo of broadcaster Leeann Tweeden was “clearly intended to be funny but it wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it.” Colbert shot back: “No, your movie Stuart Saves His Family was intended to be funny but wasn’t.” ALSO: Seth Meyers says “that is horrifying” in response to fellow SNL alum Franken’s scandal.
Posted Thursday 11/16/17 at 3:42PM EST
Al Franken apologizes after being accused of forcibly kissing and groping a woman
The Hollywood sexual harassment scandal has officially hit Congress after broadcaster and model Leeann Tweeden tweeted a photo of the former SNL star-turned-U.S. senator appearing to grope her during a 2006 USO tour. “You knew exactly what you were doing,” Tweeden wrote in a blog post. “You forcibly kissed me without my consent, grabbed my breasts while I was sleeping and had someone take a photo of you doing it, knowing I would see it later and be ashamed.” Franken has apologized and agreed to an ethics investigation.