Franken apologizes after grope claims but says he remembers things differently


Sen. Al Franken said Thursday that he has a different memory of a rehearsal with former Playboy Playmate Leeann Tweeden, who accused the former “Saturday Night Live” comedian of kissing and later groping her during a USO tour in 2006.

“I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann,” said Franken, a Democrat from Minnesota. “As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it.”

Tweeden, a radio show host for KABC, said Franken, the headliner for the USO show, forced a kiss on her while they were rehearsing a skit he had written.

“I walked away. All I could think about was getting to a bathroom as fast as possible to rinse the taste of him out of my mouth,” she wrote on the news outlet’s website. “I felt disgusted and violated.”

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