Video footage shows Al Franken on stage with the woman who accused him of sexual assault

On Thursday morning, Democratic Senator Al Franken of Minnesota was accused of sexually assaulting a former model turned radio host. In a lengthy blog post, Leeann Tweeden said that Franken, who was then only a comedian and “Saturday Night Live” alum, “put his hand on the back of [her] head, mashed his lips against [hers] and aggressively stuck his tongue in [her] mouth.”

A few hours later, Franken’s office responded with the following statement:

“I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann. As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it.”

And now, a video has surfaced of Franken and Tweeden on stage together.

The video only shows a brief portion of their skit, which Tweeden says Franken forced her to rehearse. But multiple videos show Tweeden on United Service Organizations tours in the Middle East. According to one clip on YouTube, she began joining the tours as early as 2002 and was a regular on the trips.

In another video, uploaded in 2009, Tweeden appeared on “The Best Damn Sports Show” following her USO tour in 2002. A compilation clip of her time on the tour depicts her roughing it with the troops, and it even shows one soldier singing “Fly Me to the Moon” to the former model.

Tweeden is the daughter of a service member, and she says that she’s passionate about the troops and their mission overseas.

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The backlash against Franken has been swift. Though no Democratic lawmakers have come out against him yet, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for an ethics review of his colleague:

In an interesting wrinkle, Franken wrote in his most recent book that it was during the 2006 USO tour — the same tour on which Tweeden says he assaulted her — that he decided to run for the Minnesota senate seat.

For Democrats, there’s not much to lose in attacking Franken; even if this scandal continues to unfold, and more victims come forward, forcing the senator to resign, he would almost certainly be replaced by a Democrat appointed by Minnesota’s Democratic governor. And a fresh senator would probably have pretty good odds in a 2018 election race.

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Senator Al Franken (D-MN) watches Supreme Court nominee judge Neil Gorsuch testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington March 21, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Senator Franken’s behavior is disgusting. He should resign from the U.S. Senate.
@axomamma @carmen_allgood @jerweber @samstein "If he resigns, Trump resigns. Otherwise, he stays." Advocating anyt…
@sofain I dont like moore and he should just disappear . But with this photographic proof of what franken did, he needs to resign.
@kupajo333 @realDonaldTrump I agree AL Franken should resign or be removed from office
@seanhannity Al Franken is a Pig! He's a rapist who assults women! He put his ugly, slimy, stinky tongue into the v…
@jeff_ruff I agree. Franken, Moore, and Trump should all resign
@SenJohnMcCain And Al Franken should resign immediately. We should do an in depth investigation into Your past, see…
Yeah, my belief that Franken should resign doesn’t gloss over this obvious difference. It underscores it.
@ChrisSalcedoTX @GOP Just read the victim’s account. I say Franken should resign.
@thehill I think Al Franken should resign, Liberals are not like the conservatives who vote for sexual assaulter. I…
@Lrihendry @kf9ug EVERY member of Congress should be DEMANDING that Franken RESIGN immediately! @SenFranken
@FoxNews @brookefoxnews What are they wanting to investigate? Franken already has admitted guilt and there a video…
Fav tweet: Al Franken should resign. Roy Moore should drop out. Bill Clinton should stop talking. And we should el…
@argylestyle .#AlFranken “pretending” to grab her boobs? How about gagging her with that slimy reptilian tongue. Yo…
@KirstenPowers If you call for Moore to drop out or be expelled, then you should also call for Franken to resign or be expelled
@seanhannity @realDonaldTrump This evidence on the internet today should be enough. Sen. Al Franken needs to go. C…
Al Franken, Roy Moore, and Donald Trump should all resign
@Travelerrd @cnni Ha. Too funny. Franken should resign right after Trump does.

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