Not a week goes by that we don’t hear a new story of sexual harassment. This time, the allegations come from one of the sexiest Poker stars and models of the US, Leeann Velez Tweeden.
The 44-year old model and hostess of the famous Poker show Poker After Dark recently said in a blog post that she was forcibly kissed and groped by US Senator Alan Stuart Franken, commonly known as Al Franken. Tweeden is the second women to accuse Al Franken of sexual harassment. The incident took place at 2006 USO tour, according to Tweeden. She says that the Senator approached her for a kiss. When denied, he forcibly “stuck his tongue” in Tweeden’s mouth. The Poker host said that she pushed Al Franken away and told him that if he’d do that one more time, she take action against him. The model says that she immediately went to the bathroom to spit the Senator’s “taste” out of her mouth. Tweeden said she felt “violated and disgusted”.
Earlier this month, a photo went viral showing Al Franken posing with his hands on the breasts of Tweeden, who was wearing an armed suit and helmet. Here is the photo.
The photo was first published by Tweeden in her post. Tweeden said in a detailed blog post that she went to entertain troops in the Middle East in 2006. Al Franken was also in the journey with her. The photo was taken when Al Franken and Tweeden were going to a post along with other people.
Al Franken has released an apology, saying the photo was supposed to be “funny”. However, he apologized to Tweeden. Tweeden has accepted Al Franken’s apology.
The kissing incident also took place during the USO 2006 tour. Tweeden claims that Al Franken, who is also a writer, had written and produced a play. In the play, he had added a kiss scene. On the backstage, the Senator told the poker hostess to “rehearse” the kiss. That’s when things went off the edge.
Also, on Monday, another woman accused Al Franken of “inappropriately” touching her back in 2010.
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