Sen. Al Franken railed against ‘appalling’ behavior of Harvey Weinstein, called it ‘all too common’

As news came out about the disgusting sexual perversions of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) was one of the first to climb up on his high horse.

Talk about being hoisted by your own petard.

On Thursday the avalanche of sexual assault allegations hit the Minnesota Senator right between the eyes, as talk radio host and journalist Leann Tweeden published a story accusing the former Saturday Night Live performer of groping her while she slept and forcefully kissing her during a 2006 USO tour.

Tweeden wrote a detailed account and accused Franken of purposefully writing in a kiss between the two for a USO skit they performed together so he would have an excuse to “practice the kiss.”

“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,” wrote Tweeden. “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.”

Then, while Tweeden slept on the plane ride home, Franken allegedly groped her breasts. No use denying it either, because there’s a picture.

Al Franken via Twitter

Caught red-handed, Franken tried to play it off as Tweeden not remembering the incident “the same way” he did, but also offered up his “sincerest apologies,” writing, “As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it.”

Ya think? Here’s Franken’s condemnation of Weinstein, written just last month. Granted, Franken was correct to criticize the Hollywood mogul, but one can’t help but wonder if his own behavior at least hit the back of his mind as he wrote those words.

“The women who have shared their stories about Harvey Weinstein over the last few days are incredibly brave. It takes a lot of courage to come forward, and we owe them our thanks,” Franken said at the time. “And as we hear more and more about Mr. Weinstein, it’s important to remember that while his behavior was appalling, it’s far too common.”

Far too common“? Franken would know.

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