Despite Thursday’s allegations of sexual harassment, U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, is still scheduled to be the featured speaker on Sunday at Miami Book Fair International’s closing event, according to a fair publicist.
In a first person account posted Thursday to KABC.com, the Los Angeles radio station’s morning news anchor, Leeann Tweeden, states that Franken kissed and groped her during a 2006 USO tour. The piece includes a picture of Franken, then known mostly for being a “Saturday Night Live” comic writer and guest during the 1970s and 1980s and writer of liberal political humor books, placing his hands on a sleeping Tweeden’s breasts with a smile.
Franken, a member of the U.S. Senate since 2009, issued an apology statement, then a longer statement on his Facebook page that started: “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. There's more I want to say, but the first and most important thing — and if it's the only thing you care to hear, that's fine — is: I'm sorry.”
Franken’s appearance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Chapman Conference Center, is sold out. He recently released a memoir, “Al Franken: Giant of the Senate.”