And another one falls, and another one falls…another one bites the dust! Al Franken is not in the best of situations right now.
His future is not looking very bright, indeed. He has apologized for one incident of sexual harassment, been accused with another, and got cut from David Lettermen’s Mark Twain Prize special because of said allegations.
He also recently issued an apology to newscaster Leeann Tweeden, “who said that Mr. Franken forcibly kissed her during a rehearsal and groped her for a photo as she slept.”
— Leeann Tweeden (@LeeannTweeden) November 16, 2017
He released the statement, “The first thing I want to do is apologize: to Leeann, to everyone else who was part of that tour, to everyone who has worked for me, to everyone I represent, and to everyone who counts on me to be an ally and supporter and champion of women. I respect women. I don’t respect men who don’t. And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed.”
While this apology certainly sounds genuine, suggesting–possibly–a one time incident, another woman has stepped forward accusing Franken of sexual misconduct.
According to New York Magazine:
A Texas woman…says she had an “uncomfortable” encounter with Franken while having her photo taken with him at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010:
[A]s her husband held up her phone and got ready to snap a photo of the two of them, Franken “pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear,” [Lindsey] Menz said. “It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek.”
“It wasn’t around my waist. It wasn’t around my hip or side. It was definitely on my butt,” she said, recalling that the brazen act lasted three or four seconds. “I was like, oh my God, what’s happening.”
What makes this different from his previous allegation is that he was a Senator at the time of this incident, “that makes it squarely within the jurisdiction of the Senate Ethics Committee.”
Hollywood is responding to these allegations.
According to The Hill:
Sen. Al Franken’s (D-Minn.) role in David Letterman’s Mark Twain Prize special has reportedly been cut in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations.
The Associated Press reported that Franken will only be shown at the end of the event, which was previously filmed and scheduled to air Monday night.
Franken’s role was cut by PBS and WETA so as not to take away from the program as a celebration of “American humor,” according to the AP.
The report comes after a woman last week accused Franken of kissing and groping her without her consent in 2006.
This likely will be the first of many shuns from Hollywood and The Hill. After all, no one wants to look like they are ignoring sexual harassment or assault. It isn’t exactly the best look.
What will happen to Franken? Is one measly apology enough? Will more women come out to share their #metoo?
Time will tell! One thing is for sure–truth is patient. But perseverance is needed to ensure that the truth fully comes to light, no matter who is at the center of the scandal.