Playboy model who accused Franken of ‘groping’ and ‘forcibly kissing’ has now spoken out

Leeann Tweeden, the Playboy cover model and sports commentator who accused of Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) of groping and sexually harassment, has spoken out about her experience.

The Senator and former writer-comedian has been hit by immense backlash for allegedly pressuring Tweeden into kissing him while the two were on a USO tour in Vietnam in 2006.

Franken also touched Tweeden’s breasts, allegedly “without [her] consent” while she slept–an incident the Senator himself captured on camera.

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Tweeden currently works on Fox Sports 1’s UFC Tonight and the Los Angeles radio program McIntyre in the Morning. But she has also worked as a model, famously appearing twice on the cover of Playboy.

Tweeden explains that after Franken forced her to kiss him during a rehearsal, she refused to perform a kiss in a skit on stage.

Al Franken and Leann Tweeden entertain the Soldiers with a skit at Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul, Iraq on December 16, 2006. Image: Getty / Creighton Holub

According to the sports host, that prompted Franken to treat her passive-aggressively, even as she tried to keep her distance.

“… Little petty things that I had to deal with. Just snide comments.” Tweeden also said Franken would draw devil horns and a devil tail on photographs of her as they sat giving autographs.

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Tweeden believes Franken’s nastiness towards her in order to “get the last laugh” was a direct result of her refusal to play into his inappropriate advances.

Since Tweeden took her story public, a second woman, journalist Melanie Morgan, has accused Franken of stalking and sexual harassment.

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