Sexual assault and harassment are the talk of the town it seems these days, with a purge going down in Hollywood and in the political realm of individuals involved in such behavior.
Liberal news outlets have been having a field day with GOP senatorial candidate Roy Moore who has been accused by several women, though he has maintained his innocence on the matter.
That, of course, hasn’t stopped the media from lambasting the man, despite the lack of evidence in the case, but one has to wonder if the shoe was on the other foot and it was Democrat being accused, would they be holding that individual to the same standard.
Well, it looks like we’re about to find out. A female radio personality is accusing Sen. Al Franken of groping her and kissing her without consent. Here’s her story.
In December of 2006, I embarked on my ninth USO Tour to entertain our troops, my eighth to the Middle East since the 9/11 attacks. My father served in Vietnam and my then-boyfriend (and now husband, Chris) is a pilot in the Air Force, so bringing a ‘little piece of home’ to servicemembers stationed far away from their families was both my passion and my privilege.
Franken had written some skits for the show and brought props and costumes to go along with them. Like many USO shows before and since, the skits were full of sexual innuendo geared toward a young, male audience.
As a TV host and sports broadcaster, as well as a model familiar to the audience from the covers of FHM, Maxim and Playboy, I was only expecting to emcee and introduce the acts, but Franken said he had written a part for me that he thought would be funny, and I agreed to play along.
When I saw the script, Franken had written a moment when his character comes at me for a ‘kiss’. I suspected what he was after, but I figured I could turn my head at the last minute, or put my hand over his mouth, to get more laughs from the crowd.
On the day of the show Franken and I were alone backstage going over our lines one last time. He said to me, “We need to rehearse the kiss.” I laughed and ignored him. Then he said it again. I said something like, ‘Relax Al, this isn’t SNL…we don’t need to rehearse the kiss.’
He continued to insist, and I was beginning to get uncomfortable.
He repeated that actors really need to rehearse everything and that we must practice the kiss. I said ‘OK’ so he would stop badgering me. We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth.
I immediately pushed him away with both of my hands against his chest and told him if he ever did that to me again I wouldn’t be so nice about it the next time.
Later on, Tweeden says she was looking through her pictures of the tour and found one where Franken was groping her while she was asleep.
Right there is hardline evidence that Franken actually did grope this woman, which is more than the evidence that exists in the Moore case up to this point.
Will the left take this woman’s allegations seriously and demand that Franken step down? Or will they come up with some excuse to defend the offender simply because he’s part of their political party?
It would seem a bit hypocritical to let the guy slide on by wouldn’t it? Then again, hypocrisy is sort of the modus operandi of the progressive movement, so maybe it’s just par for the course.
Regardless, a proper investigation should be launched into the matter and the evidence examined. I’m not a believer in condemning someone without a trial, so I’ll reserve my judgment for another time, which is more courtesy than what’s being extended to Judge Moore.