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Trump Criticizes Al Franken For Breast Grabbing (Photos)

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Democratic Sen. Al Franken is the latest celebrity to be outed for sexual harassment, and President Donald Trump was quick to tweet his opinion on the matter.

Franken, who first gained fame as a writer and occasional performer on "Saturday Night Live," has been accused of groping and forcibly kissing former Playboy model Leeann Tweeden, notes the Daily Mail.

Tweeden backed her accusation by releasing a photo of Franken grabbing her breasts while she was asleep.

In a series of tweets, Trump dubbed the senator "Al Frankenstien" -- misspelling the famous monster's name. Franken, who has spoken out against sexual harassment, was accused by Trump of being a hypocrite for "lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women."

However, as the Daily Mail points out, Trump has yet to comment on the case of Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused by five women of sexually harassing them when they were minors.

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Trump also didn't refer to his infamous "Grab 'em by the p***y" comment that he made on tape in 2005, which was exposed in Oct. 2016 during the presidential election. 

As transcribed by The New York Times, Trump said: "You know, I'm automatically attracted to beautiful [women]. I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything."

The Franken-Tweeden breast-grab photo was taken on a military aircraft in 2006, when the two were performing in a USO tour of the Middle East.

She also accused Franken of forcibly kissing her while rehearsing a scene for the show, as she explained in an essay posted online on Nov. 16: 

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It happened so fast. He mashed his lips against my face and stuck his tongue in my mouth so fast.  All I can remember is that his lips were really wet and slimy and in my mind I called him "fish lips" the rest of the trip. That's what it reminded me of.

He stuck his tongue down my mouth and I remember I pushed him off with my hands and I remember I almost punched him -- because every time I see him now my hands clinch into fists.

And I said, "If you ever do that to me again, I won't be so nice about it the second time." I walked out away from him and I wanted to find a bathroom and rinse my mouth out. I was disgusted. 

The grope happened on the flight home following the two-week tour. Tweeden had fallen asleep in her bulletproof jacket and helmet, and a photo was taken of Franken with his hands on her breasts, looking back at the camera with a jocular smile.

She discovered the picture when the photographer handed out CD-ROMs of candid pictures from the trip.

"I couldn't believe it. He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep," she wrote. "I felt violated all over again. Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated. How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it's funny?"

Franken later commented on the situation in a press release. 

"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," the statement began.  

Regarding the breast-groping photo, he wrote: "I don't know what was in my head when I took that picture, and it doesn't matter. There's no excuse. I look at it now and I feel disgusted with myself. It isn't funny. It's completely inappropriate. It's obvious how Leeann would feel violated by that picture."

In a CNN interview, Tweeden explained why she went public with the accusation. 

"I don't want to be a cliche, but you know, you talk about trying to leave the world a better place for your kids, you know," she said. "You do. You want to leave -- you try to set examples for your children."

Sources: Daily Mail, The New York Times / Featured Image: John Taylor/Flickr / Embedded Images: Twitter via Daily Mail

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