The photo is clear: Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is touching the chest of journalist Leeann Tweeden while Tweeden slept on the plane ride home from a USO tour in 2006.
Franken, a comedian at the time, has said he “intended to be funny but wasn't” and added that “it's obvious how Leeann would feel violated by that picture.”
Nevertheless, many news outlets have cautiously reported the act preserved on camera as an accusation, informing audiences that Tweeden alleges or says Franken groped her.
A confidential informant to the FBI in an investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s role in an Obama administration-era uranium company deal was identified on Thursday as a former lobbyist for a Russian company.
The lobbyist, William Campbell, told Reuters he is the informant who will testify before Congress about the 2010 sale of Uranium One, a Canadian company with uranium assets in the U.S., to the Russian state-owned nuclear giant Rosatom. Campbell provided information and documents to the FBI while undercover inside a U.S. unit of Rosatom in Maryland.
Senate Republicans who launched the investigation into Clinton’s role in the deal had kept the informant’s name secret, and his lawyer had declined to reveal his identity.
A car crash at the Nürburgring this past weekend during an open track day left two dead and three others injured.
A red 1990s Honda Civic that had the fatal wreck, crashed into the scene of another accident that a safety crew was already attending to on the track. The incident occurred on the Kesselchen section of the track, reports Czech outlet Autoforum.cz. The track was wet, and thanks to the first crash, the area of the track was also marked with yellow warning flags.
Archaeologist recently excavated three 2,000-year-old luxury baths in northwest China's city of Xi'an. The baths could be the earliest complete bath facilities discovered in China.
Judge Roy Moore (R-Ala.) steadfastly maintained his innocence during a press conference in Birmingham.
Moore accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) of trying to "steal" the Alabama special election.
He said McConnell helped dump millions of dollars into defeating him in the Republican primary, where Moore bested the McConnell-endorsed Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.).
"Mitch McConnell needs to step down," he said. "Mitch McConnell and his cronies are trying to steal this election from the people of Alabama."
Moore ripped the Washington Post for what he called their series of unsubstantiated allegations against him.
Saying that he will continue to "take a stand" for God, the Constitution and moral values, Moore said "I'll quit standing when they lay me in that box and put me in the ground."
He said McConnell and the D.C. establishment is afraid of the prospect of a Sen. Moore, who would bring "moral value back in the country."
"Without God we would never succeed," he said, adding that he is a uniter, but not the type he envisioned.
Moore said he successfully united both the Republican and Democratic Parties against him.
Officers said a man tried to pull over another driver with his police lights. However, he’s not a cop.
Last month, an officer in an unmarked unit spotted a tow truck near I-25 and San Antonio “with red and blue flashing overhead lights.” According to the criminal complaint, the driver of the tow-truck was 33-year-old Gilbert Chavez.
The officer said Chavez “appeared to be in pursuit” of a silver sedan. He stated the two vehicles blew through a few red lights.
The officer, in an unmarked unit, followed both vehicles from a distance, but eventually lost sight of the sedan.
Officers finally caught up with Chavez near Eubank Boulevard. According to the complaint, Chavez took it upon himself to pull over and get out of the truck.
Lapel video shows Chavez refusing to follow the officer’s commands to keep his hands out of his pockets and in the air.
Officers finally got Chavez in cuffs, but discovered he wasn’t alone. He claimed the woman on the passenger side of the truck was his wife.
He also claimed to be a repo-man on the clock.
“I’m not trying to do nothing. I’m working, God,” he said.
Drone footage of towns on the western outskirts of Athens has shown the extent of the damage caused by Wednesday's flash floods in Greece that authorities say have killed 16 people.
FROM INSIDE EDITION - Surveillance video shows the moment a pickup truck slammed into the side of the school bus with the driver and three middle school children on board. That's when the truck reportedly caught fire and driver, Shuronda Richardson, knew she had to act. She is being hailed a hero for leading her passengers to safety.
One of the 10 most obese people in the world has been cut from her home and airlifted to hospital in a desperate bid to save her life.
Isabella Amaral is just 30 years old, but weighs 77 stone - about 490kg.
She cannot move or walk, and had to be taken from her home in her bed, before being transported in the back of a lorry, and then airlifted to the Provincial Hospital of Rosario in her home town in Argentina.
Workers cut a hole in the wall of her bedroom before she was removed.
Isabella will undergo a gastric bypass, which will restrict the amount of food her stomach can hold.
This is the chilling moment 'Russia's Jack the Ripper' showed detectives how he allegedly murdered one of his victims.
Evgeny Chuplinsky, 52, will stand trial next year for killing 19 women - all aged between 18 and 31.
Using a mannequin, the handcuffed former policeman showed how he strangled and butchered one young sex worker before dumping her body in a field.
He later retracted his confession to the killings and is it now expected to plead not guilty to the crimes.
Former Vice President Joe Biden was filmed forcing a young girl to touch his crotch during a ceremonial Senate swearing-in session at the Capitol on January 6, 2015. The video by C-SPAN shows the startled girl recoiling in shock at what she was forced to feel. One observer describes the act by Biden as a “double-tap on his (manhood).”
A 2000 Comedy Central Roast of director Rob Reiner featured Franken making baby rape jokes about Reiner. “On a typical night, Carl [Reiner] would slip into Rob’s bed, roll him over, swab him down and say something like, ‘I’m thinking about hiring Morey Amsterdam to play Buddy Sorrell, what do you think?'” Franken said as Reiner blurted out, “Oh, Jesus.”
“Well, the success of The Dick Van Dyke Show changed things dramatically, Carl started inviting many of his famous friends to fuck his son,” Franken continued. “That list includes some of the greats in comedy: Paul Lynde, Dom DeLuise, Rip Taylor, Danny Kaye, Charles Nelson Reilly and Rock Hudson – whom, I frankly don’t think is that funny.”
“Thank you for doing so much to make sure another kid doesn’t end up like you,” Franken snarked.
What happened to believing women when they speak out against powerful male accusers? On Thursday, evidence broke of a 2006 incident in which Democrat Al Franken groped and forcibly kissed TV and radio personality Leeaan Tweeden. Photographic proof backs up her claim.
Yet, MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt described the now-Senator's predatory behavior this way: “[Franken] took a picture, which his office now says was of a joke, that showed him potentially — not actually groping — but mock-groping her while she was asleep.”
In the noon hour, Hunt repeated her mild description. This time, she didn't cite the Franken staff and made it her own: “Then she also published a picture that was given to her of her asleep with Senator Franken mock-groping her.” This isn’t how Tweeden described the unwanted attention. She didn’t offer qualifiers such as “mock-groping” or “not actually groping”
It wasn’t until I was back in the US and looking through the CD of photos we were given by the photographer that I saw this one:
I couldn’t believe it. He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep.
I felt violated all over again. Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated.
How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it’s funny?
The former manager of the Gadsden Mall in Alabama, Barnes Boyle, has denied ever banning GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore from the shopping center because he harassed teenage girls.
Boyle, who managed the center from 1981 to 1996 and plans to vote for Moore in next month's election, said he would have documented any such incident and does not believe the mall has the paperwork to prove any such ban took place.
"We did have written reports and things. But to my knowledge, he was not banned from the mall," Boyle told WBRC in Birmingham, Ala.
“Well, all I’m saying is, we will permit an independent examiner of the writing…We will allow all of this to be asked and answered at the hearing,” Allred said.
“But that’s not a flat denial, Gloria,” Blitzer said.
“Well, all I’m saying is, we’re not denying, we’re not admitting, we’re not addressing,” Allred said. “We will not be distracted.”
Blitzer asked why Allred needed a Senate hearing and would not just permit an independent handwriting expert to take a look.
“Well, uh, all I can say is we want it done in a professional setting to the extent possible, that’s the only setting in which people can testify under oath,” Allred said.
The three UCLA basketball freshmen arrested for shoplifting in China thanked President Donald Trump for his assistance and expressed remorse for their actions in a brief press conference on Wednesday.
LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill were arrested on Nov. 8 after being accused of stealing designer sunglasses in Hangzhou, and they faced potentially stiff prison sentences.
Trump learned of the saga while in Beijing, and he asked Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to intercede. The players, who had been traveling with their team and were detained in their hotel in Hangzhou, were allowed to return to Los Angeles, and the PAC-12 conference released a statement that the matter had been resolved to the satisfaction of Chinese authorities.
Trump tweeted earlier Wednesday about the saga, wondering—seemingly sarcastically—whether the players would thank him, saying, "they were headed for 10 years in jail!"
The players each spoke in turn, all stating they regretted their actions and apologizing. Riley sighed deeply after mentioning Trump.
"To President Trump and the United States government, thank you for taking the time to intervene on our behalf. We really appreciate you helping us out," he said before sighing.
Ball said he had exercised poor judgment and said he had been raised better than his actions showed.
"I would also like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help that they provided as well," Ball said.
Hill said he hoped the saga would help him become a better person and also thanked Trump and the government for their intercession.
UCLA head coach Steve Alford has said the three freshmen are "indefinitely suspended" from the program for their conduct.
Whoopi Goldberg and her co-hosts on ABC's "The View" expressed their astonishment Thursday at the fact that three UCLA freshmen basketball players were accused of shoplifting while on a team trip to China.
The players were arrested by Chinese police and only released this week after President Donald Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to intercede. Goldberg said the players embarrassed Trump and the country, but credited the president for helping the players return to the U.S.
"You embarrassed your families, you embarrassed the country, and you embarrassed the president," Goldberg said. "Now I'm not a big fan of the president, but the fact that he had to call and get your asses out of there is not anything to be proud of or think is cool."
"If this isn't the stupidest thing a young person has done, particularly if you're over six-feet tall, and black—" she continued.
"You kinda stick out," Sunny Hostin interjected.
"Is this just the ridiculous stupidity of youth?" Goldberg asked, recounting how they were detained for stealing items from a Louis Vuitton store in a foreign country without many black people.
"Now, you're in China—you're this big!" she said, reaching high into the air to indicate the players' height. "It's not like you're gonna blend, you're not going to blend in, run out."
Goldberg said their families and mentors had no doubt told them numerous times not to do things like this, and she said the foolishness of youth is the only explanation for something so dumb.
"They should get suspended for a month," Goldberg said.
Democratic Sen. Al Franken (Minn.) made a Senate floor speech in 2010 in which he referenced the woman by name who has accused him of sexually assaulting her, calling her "a beautiful woman."
Leeann Tweeden, now a Los Angeles-based radio news anchor, alleged Thursday that Franken aggressively kissed her without consent while they were rehearsing for a skit during a USO tour in 2006. She also posted a photograph of a smiling Franken grabbing her breasts through her flak vest while she slept on a plane ride home from the Middle East.
Franken said he remembered the rehearsal differently but apologized for his actions, and he said he would cooperate with an ethics investigation into his actions.
CNN found a clip of Franken talking about Tweeden while speaking on the Senate floor on Sept. 21, 2010. The remarks he made about Tweeden were not part of his prepared remarks, according to a transcript of the speech on his website.
Franken went to the floor to discuss repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for homosexual service members. He began discussing his experiences doing USO tours and diverged from his prepared remarks to specifically talk about one particular tour.
"The last four years, I was in Iraq and Afghanistan and Kuwait, and I'd go with a very eclectic tour of guys and women. Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders. Country western artists," Franken said. "Almost all of them were very right-wing, and we love each other, because we went on these tours."
He then discussed one show in particular that involved Tweeden and lasted four hours.
"During the show, I was kind of a co-host with a beautiful woman named Leeann Tweeden, and we'd do comedy routines, and we'd introduce music and introduce the cheerleaders, and I'd go out and do a monologue. And this was something I would do—I'd done for a number of years," Franken said.
The mother of a student with autism said her son was attacked at school, and video posted on social media shows the teen being body-slammed by another student.
Gabrielle George said everyone at his school knows her 14-year-old son TJ has autism. He has won numerous medals at the Special Olympics and functions well enough to go to public school.
But she said on Monday, TJ's school called to say he'd fallen on the floor while goofing off with another student. Then she heard a different story from other parents and students. George said TJ had a separated shoulder and head trauma. She said the school failed to report how serious the incident was until she saw video on social media.
"What actually happened to my son was completely opposite the story that I was told. Had I known that, I would have immediately come and got him. He should have been immediately taken to the hospital," she said.
"If you saw the way he was thrown on the floor, he's lucky he didn't snap his neck," she added.
George said one of her son's classmates sent her video that was posted on social media, showing another student picking up her son horizontally at least five feet in the air. TJ said it started with the other boy making fun of him.
"That's when they grabbed me by the chest and threw me down on the floor," TJ said.
"Everybody knows he's autistic, so why would that happen, why would anybody allow that?" George said through tears. "And if you watch the video..."
The school's principal said he has seen the video and sent a letter to parents regarding the incident.
"I was very upset to see the video, but at the same time I was very proud of the fact that other students were the ones who brought it to our attention," said Paul Karafiol, principal of Lake View High School.
TJ said he doesn't really know the other kid who was involved in the incident. And he's not sure about going back to the school.
"I sorta do but I hope they treat me with respect," TJ said.
In December of 2006, I embarked on my ninth USO Tour to entertain our troops, my eighth to the Middle East since the 9/11 attacks. My father served in Vietnam and my then-boyfriend (and now husband, Chris) is a pilot in the Air Force, so bringing a ‘little piece of home’ to servicemembers stationed far away from their families was both my passion and my privilege.
Also on the trip were country music artists Darryl Worley, Mark Wills, Keni Thomas, and some cheerleaders from the Dallas Cowboys. The headliner was comedian and now-senator, Al Franken.
Franken had written some skits for the show and brought props and costumes to go along with them. Like many USO shows before and since, the skits were full of sexual innuendo geared toward a young, male audience.
As a TV host and sports broadcaster, as well as a model familiar to the audience from the covers of FHM, Maxim and Playboy, I was only expecting to emcee and introduce the acts, but Franken said he had written a part for me that he thought would be funny, and I agreed to play along.
When I saw the script, Franken had written a moment when his character comes at me for a ‘kiss’. I suspected what he was after, but I figured I could turn my head at the last minute, or put my hand over his mouth, to get more laughs from the crowd.
On the day of the show Franken and I were alone backstage going over our lines one last time. He said to me, “We need to rehearse the kiss.” I laughed and ignored him. Then he said it again. I said something like, ‘Relax Al, this isn’t SNL…we don’t need to rehearse the kiss.’
He continued to insist, and I was beginning to get uncomfortable.
He repeated that actors really need to rehearse everything and that we must practice the kiss. I said ‘OK’ so he would stop badgering me. We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth.
I immediately pushed him away with both of my hands against his chest and told him if he ever did that to me again I wouldn’t be so nice about it the next time.
I walked away. All I could think about was getting to a bathroom as fast as possible to rinse the taste of him out of my mouth.
I felt disgusted and violated.
An 11Alive investigation uncovered hidden camera video catching nursing home staff laughing while an elderly patient dies in front of them. The incident happened at the Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation in 2014, but the video was recently released as part of a lawsuit filed by the family.
Attorneys representing the Atlanta nursing home tried to prevent 11Alive from obtaining the video. They asked a DeKalb County judge to keep the video sealed and then attempted to appeal to the Georgia State Supreme Court. The judge ruled in favor of 11Alive and the nursing home eventually dropped its appeal to the state’s highest court.
The video includes almost six hours of video court deposition from a nursing supervisor explaining how she responded to the patient before she knew the hidden camera video existed. The video shows a completely different response.
The deceased patient is 89-year-old James Dempsey, a decorated World War II veteran from Woodstock, Georgia.
n the video deposition, former nursing supervisor Wanda Nuckles tells the family’s attorney, Mike Prieto, how she rushed to Dempsey’s room when a nurse alerted her he had stopped breathing.
Prieto: “From the time you came in, you took over doing chest compressions…correct?”
Nuckles : “Yes.”
Prieto: “Until the time paramedics arrive, you were giving CPR continuously?”
Nuckles : “Yes.”
The video, however, shows no one doing CPR when Nuckles entered the room. She also did not immediately start doing CPR.
“Sir, that was an honest mistake,” said Nuckles in the deposition. “I was just basing everything on what I normally do.”
UCLA men's basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley held an on-campus news conference Wednesday to deliver statements about their recent arrests in China.
The three, who returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday, were detained by police on Nov. 7 in Hangzhou, China, after shoplifting from several stores.
No questions to the players were allowed.
"I would like to say sorry for stealing from the stores in China," said Ball. "I didn't exercise my best judgement."
Ball, the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, thanked President Donald Trump, the Chinese government, and apologized to UCLA and his family.
Riley and Hill also thanked Trump during the news conference.
Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that the three players were facing a 10-year prison sentence.
Corey Feldman has revealed the name of another man who allegedly abused him when he was a child actor in the '80s: Alphy Hoffman.
Feldman, 46, appeared on Monday’s episode of The Dr. Oz Show for a follow-up interview with host Mehmet Oz after he appeared on a November 2 episode and named his former assistant/actor Jon Grissom as one of his abusers.
Oz showed a photo of a man his team deduced as a potential abuser based on information Feldman had previously made public. Feldman identified the man in the photo, and Oz named him as Alphy Hoffman.
“He was the guy who ran Alphy’s Soda Pop Club,” said Feldman. “I met him when I was 12 years old. He came to my house to pick me up in his car. I’d heard rumors he threw the coolest parties in town and he was well connected.
“He was the son of Bobby Hoffman, who was the top casting director at the time for one of the major studios. That studio ran many of the hit shows that were on TV at the time, from Happy Days to Laverne & Shirley to Mork & Mindy.”
Lil Peep, a fast-rising rapper whose emotional tracks charted depression and drug use, has died aged 21. His UK representative confirmed the news to the Guardian.
Gustav Åhr, who grew up in Long Beach, New York, was reportedly taken to hospital following an overdose, according to music manager Adam Grandmaison. In a video Åhr posted online hours before his death, he said he had taken prescription drugs and other substances, saying: “I’m good, I’m not sick”.
It's slightly horrifying to see it in action
British soldiers have been using Xbox-style controllers to manoeuvre unmanned 4x4s in a world first trial with the US military.
The cutting-edge technology is designed at getting much needed supplies to the front line.
In a world first the UK's driverless truck lead an unmanned convoy of American trucks.
The tests took place in a week-long exercise in Michigan between the Ministry of Defence's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and researchers from the US Army.
They also included using driverless trucks in convoy and hoverbike drones to carry out the ultimate aim of delivering supplies in the most dangerous “last mile” up to the battlefield.
Kevin Janson Neal, who on Tuesday went on a killing spree that left four people dead and 10 injured in northern California, also shot and killed his wife the prior night.
Neal, 44, fatally shot his wife late Monday and then the next day went on a shooting spree that included an attack on a local elementary school in Rancho Tehama Reserve, California. Police ultimately shot and killed him.Authorities found the body of Neal’s wife, concealed in the floor at the shooter’s home.
A man in China saved his son who had been abducted after bumping into the boy at a shopping mall.
The six-year-old had been taken nine months before and was accompanied by three suspected human traffickers when his father saw him.
The father called the police who arrived to arrest the gang.
Local People's Court has given the three suspects six, three and two years of imprisonment respectively.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his country has offered the International Committee of the Red Cross "medical assistance for the Iraqi and Iranian victims" of this week's earthquake.
Neither Iran nor Iraq has diplomatic relations with Israel. It wasn't immediately known whether the offer was accepted.
Netanyahu made the comment during an interview broadcast to leaders of Jewish communities in North America.
The Israeli leader says his country has "no quarrel with the people of Iran."
He adds: "Our quarrel is only with the tyrannical regime that holds them hostage and threatens our destruction."
Nelson begins the video by saying “Mr. Moore, I support you. I don’t believe the acts that she claims you’ve done — I don’t believe it.”
“I’ve known the woman, she married my father many, many years ago. I’ve known her for a while now, and I truly do not believe that she’s being honest about this,” added Nelson.
“You, Mr. Moore, your wife, I apologize for whatever reasons she is doing this i am truly sorry… I stand behind you 100%!”
“To my stepmother, whatever reason you did this, I have a few questions on this. Why did you wait so long if this did happen? You said you were a teenager when it happened, but here it is now, how many years later? And all of a sudden you’re going to bring it up when we voted him into the House and you trying to get him [taken] out? I’m not going to have.”
Later, Nelson acknowledged that he knew he was going to get backlash from his family, but said clearing up the false allegation is worth the trouble.
“I don’t believe a word she says, but I do believe [Moore] is innocent.”
Nelson concludes the video by offering to issue a statement on behalf of the Moore campaign.
On Monday evening, Judge Moore vehemently denied Nelson’s accusations.
CNN has been in a downward spiral for years now as their fake news stories continue to push away viewers of both Democrat and Republican ideologies.
Over the past few months CNN has plummeted in ratings while their direct competition for the liberal market, MSNBC, has made inroads against them by stealing their viewers.
Perhaps stories like this are exactly why CNN is failing so miserably. They just ran a segment on a dog's ear that looks like president Trump.
Be extra careful of the male lawmakers who sleep in their offices -- they can be trouble. Avoid finding yourself alone with a congressman or senator in elevators, late-night meetings or events where alcohol is flowing. And think twice before speaking out about sexual harassment from a boss -- it could cost you your career.
These are a few of the unwritten rules that some female lawmakers, staff and interns say they follow on Capitol Hill, where they say harassment and coercion is pervasive on both sides of the rotunda.
There is also the "creep list" -- an informal roster passed along by word-of-mouth, consisting of the male members most notorious for inappropriate behavior, ranging from making sexually suggestive comments or gestures to seeking physical relations with younger employees and interns.
CNN spoke with more than 50 lawmakers, current and former Hill aides and political veterans who have worked in Congress, the majority of whom spoke anonymously to be candid and avoid potential repercussions. With few exceptions, every person said they have personally experienced sexual harassment on the Hill or know of others who have.