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.


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.

(Sgt. Thomas Day/U.S. Army 40th via AP)

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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