People on social media slammed U.S. Sen. Al Franken on Thursday after a 2006 photo showing him groping a sleeping woman was published online.
Leeann Tweeden, a radio anchorwoman for KABC in Los Angeles, accused Franken of touching her inappropriately and kissing her against her will while the two were together on a USO Tour in the Middle East.
The trip happened three years before the comedian took office as a senator from Minnesota.
Tweeden made the allegations in an essay on the radio’s website.
She included a photo of Franken standing over her as she dozed in a chair, his hands cupped close over her breasts. His head is turned toward the photographer, and he’s grinning.
“It wasn’t until I was back in the U.S. and looking through the CD of photos we were given by the photographer that I saw this one,” Tweeden wrote.
“I felt violated all over again. Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated. How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it’s funny?”
Franked quickly apologized to Tweeden in a brief statement issued Thursday.
“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,” he said.
People on Twitter found nothing funny about it. Nothing.
There was an immediate call from some corners for Franken to resign.
Conservatives called on liberals to denounce Franken as quickly as they have Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama, accused of sexually assaulting and harassing teenage girls years ago.
Liberals chided conservatives who are denouncing Franken but have stayed mum about Moore.
And some people have just had enough of it all.