[국제] 美 상원 앨 후랭큰, 여자 앵커 잠자는 동안 가슴 주무르고 강제 키스 밝혀져


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원문 2017.11.17.

입력 2017.11.17.

 

[시사뷰타임즈] 목요일, 한 여자 뉴스 앵커가 2006USO(미국위문협회) 해외순방기간 동안 미네소타 주 민주당 상원의원 앨 후랭큰이 자신의 동의도 받지 않고 가슴을 주무르고 강제로 키스를 했다고 말했는데, 후랭큰이 상원의원으로 당선되기 2년 전의 일이었다.

 

이 일이 밝혀지자 후랭큰은 사과할 수 밖에 없었고 상원 윤리조사위가 후랭큰의 행태에 대해 조사를 하라는 요구가 촉발됐다.

 

리앤 트위든은 현재 로스 앤절러스 톡레디오 790 KABC에서 아침 뉴스 앵커로 있는게 이 방송국의 웹사이트에 자신의 이야기를 적은 장문의 글을 올렸다.

 

후랭큰은 자신이 뭘 했는지 정확히 알고 있다. 후랭큰은 내 승낙도 없이 내게 강제로 키스했으며 내가 잠자고 있는 동안 내 가슴을 움켜 잡았으며 누군가 후랭큰이 이 짓을 하고 있는 걸 사진 찍었고, 나중에 내가 그것을 보게 되면서 수치스러웠다고 트위든은 적었다

 

트위든의 폭로는 성추행과 비행에 대한 국가적 분노가 높아져 가고 있고, 하원 이반 주초 청문회에서는 국회의원들이 국회의사당에서 성추행이 걷잡을 수 없이 번지고 있다고 스스로 표현하는 가운데 나온 것이다.

 

공화당에선 민주당 후보자들을 후랭큰과 연계싴는 작전을 이미 무기삼아 펼쳤지만 의회 의원들은 대체적으로 위원회 조사에 맡겨야 한다는데에 동의했다. 상원 다수당 대표 미취 캑코넬과 상원 소수당 대표 척 슈머는 후랭큰에대한 트위든의 말을 상원윤리위가 검토해봐야 한다고 촉구했다. 후랭큰은 수사에 협조하겠다고 말했다.

 

이 문제에 대해 간략히 설명을 들은 소식통들은 후랭큰이 임원들에게 사과를 목요일날 했기 때문에, 감정적이고 속이 뒤집어져있다고 말한다. 후랭큰은 모든 상원 표결에 불참했고 동료들과 교류를 하게 될 민주당 의원들의 점심식사 자리에도 불참했다. 소식통들은, 후랭큰이 민주당 의원들 대다수에게 말도 하지 않았다고 말한다.

 

2006, 뭔 일이 있었던 건가

 

트위든은 자신이 올린 글에서, 자신과 후랭큰은 미국위문협회 촌극을 위한 사전 연습을 했었는데, 후랭큰이 쓴 각본 상 후랭큰이 자신에게 입을 맞추기로 돼있었다고 말한다. 트위든은 자신이 계속 반대함에도 불구하고 후랭큰은 입맞춤 방면을 계속 연습해야 한다고 고집을 부렸다고 말한다. 자신이 좀 누그러지자 트위든은 후랭큰이 내 머리 뒤쪽에 손을 가져가더니, 자신의 입술을 내 입술에 밀어붙였고 공격적으로 자기 혀를 자신의 입 속으로 밀어넣었다고 말한다.

 

상원의원 후랭큰씨, 당신이 그 대본을 썼잖아” “그러나 성적인 공격에 재미때윈 전혀 없었어

 

트위든은 자신이 잠들어 있는 동안 후랭큰이 자신의 가슴을 움켜잡는 사진도 글에 올렸다.

 

내가 잠들어 있는 동안, 내 승낙도 없이 나를 더듬었다는 걸 믿을 수가 없었다. 난 다시 전반적으로 강간당한 느낌이었다. 황당하고, 초라하고, 수치스러웠다

 

두 번 사과한 후랭큰

 

기자들에게 발표문에서 후랭큰은 자신은 강제로 키스했다는 것이 기억은 안나지만, 사진속에 나오는 행동은 하지 말았어야 했다고 말했다.

 

그는 난 촌극에서 트위든이 말한대로 연습을 했다는 것은 분명히 기억 못하지만, 트위든에게 가장 진실한 사과를 보낸다고 말하면서 사진에 대해 말하자면, 웃기기 위한 것이 분명하지만, 내가 한 짓은 하지 말았어야 하는 것이었다고 했다.

 

후랭큰은 첫 번 째 발표 몇 시간 뒤 더 긴 발표문을 들고 나왔고 더욱 길게 사과하면서 사진에서의 행위를 할 때 내 머리에 뭐가 들었었는지 잘 모르겠다고 했다.


 Woman says Franken groped, kissed her without consent in 2006

Juana SummersMJ Lee

By Juana Summers and MJ Lee, CNN

 

Updated 0847 GMT (1647 HKT) November 17, 2017

 

(CNN)A female radio news anchor said Thursday that Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken groped and "forcibly kissed" her without her consent during an overseas USO tour in 2006, two years before Franken was elected to the Senate.

 

The revelations have prompted Franken to apologize and ignited calls for a Senate ethics investigation into Franken's behavior.

   

Leeann Tweeden is now a morning news anchor on TalkRadio 790 KABC in Los Angeles and posted her story in a lengthy post on the station's website.

 

"You knew exactly what you were doing," Tweeden wrote. "You forcibly kissed me without my consent, grabbed my breasts while I was sleeping and had someone take a photo of you doing it, knowing I would see it later, and be ashamed."

 

The revelations come amid a growing national furor over sexual harassment and misconduct, including a remarkable House hearing earlier this week in which lawmakers addressed what they described as a rampant sexual harassment problem on Capitol Hill.

 

Republican campaign arms have already tied Democratic candidates to Franken, but members of Congress have largely agreed to leave the allegations to a committee investigation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have each called on the Senate ethics committee to review Tweeden's account against Franken. Franken has said he would cooperate with an investigation.

 

Sources briefed on the matter say that Franken was emotional and upset as he apologized to staff Thursday. Franken skipped all Senate votes and the Democratic lunches, where he would have interacted with colleagues. He has not, sources say, spoken to most of them.

 

What happened in December 2006

 

In her post, Tweeden says the harassment occurred as the two rehearsed for a USO skit written by Franken in which he was supposed to kiss her. She writes that Franken repeatedly insisted they rehearse the kissing scene despite her protests. When she relented, she says, Franken "put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth."

 

"Senator Franken, you wrote the script," Tweeden wrote. "But there's nothing funny about sexual assault."

 

She also included a photo in which Franken appears to grab her breast while she's asleep.

 

"I couldn't believe it. He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep," Tweeden writes. "I felt violated all over again. Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated."

 

Franken apologizes twice

 

In a statement to reporters, Franken said he doesn't remember the forced kissing, but that said he shouldn't have behaved the way he did in the photo.

 

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

 

Franken released a longer statement several hours after his initial one, where he delivered a lengthier apology and said he "didn't know what" had been in his head when he took the actions in the photo.

 

Al Franken's absolutely awful apology

 

"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 thingand if it's the only thing you care to hear, that's fine is: I'm sorry," Franken said in the emailed statement.

 

He continued, "I respect women. I don't respect men who don't. And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed."

 

Franken continued to say he didn't remember the exact actions of the rehearsal skit, but added, "I understand why we need to listen to and believe women's experiences."

 

Tweeden: 'There's no reason why I shouldn't accept his apology'

At a news conference, Tweeden was asked if she accepted Franken's apology.

 

"There's no reason why I shouldn't accept his apology," she said. "I wasn't looking for anything."

 

Tweeden also recounted her 2006 encounter with Franken during the news conference, describing in detail the moment in which Franken kissed her.

 

She said he stuck his tongue in her mouth "so fast."

 

"All I could remember is that his lips were really wet and it was slimy. In my mind I called him fish lips the rest of the trip because that's what it reminded me of," she said.

 

Tweeden said she "pushed" Franken off, and that she almost punched him.

 

"I pushed him off with my hands, I just remember I almost punched him ... Every time I see him now, my hands clench into fists," she said.

 

After the incident, which Tweeden said she did not report at the time, she said she made sure she was never alone with Franken again.

 

Asked whether she believes Franken should step down, Tweeden said that "people make mistakes."

 

"I'm not calling on him to step down," she said. "That's not my place." However, she added that her opinion may change if other women come forward with similar allegations.

 

Tweeden did not report Franken's behavior, and the USO released a statement saying that it had never been reported to the group.

 

"We have no knowledge of it," Ashley McLellan, a spokesperson for the USO, told CNN. "The report is deeply disturbing and does not reflect the values of the USO."

 

Congress confronts harassment and misconduct among its own

 

The comments about Franken come at a time when Congress is conducting a review of its policy for addressing sexual harassment and how it handles complaints. The House held a hearing on the issue earlier this week, and both chambers now will require sexual harassment training. The changes to Capitol Hill follow the ground-shaking allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct that have swept industries, organizations and institutions worldwide.

 

Franken acknowledged that cultural change in his revised statement.

 

"Over the last few months, all of us including and especially men who respect women have been forced to take a good, hard look at our own actions and think (perhaps, shamefully, for the first time) about how those actions have affected women," Franken said.

 

Tweeden said she's coming forward now after hearing testimony from women -- including California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier -- who have shared similar stories of men in power who have committed sexual harassment and sexual assault.

 

"I want to have the same effect on them that Congresswoman Jackie Speier had on me," Tweeden wrote. "I want them, and all the other victims of sexual assault, to be able to speak out immediately, and not keep their stories --and their anger-- locked up inside for years, or decades."

 

Tweeden's revelations about Franken's behavior rocked the Capitol, with a number of lawmakers -- Republicans and Democrats -- calling for action.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, said the issue should be referred to the ethics committee.

 

"As with all credible allegations of sexual harassment or assault, I believe the Ethics Committee should review the matter. I hope the Democratic Leader will join me on this," McConnell said in a written statement. "Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptablein the workplace or anywhere else."

 

In his own statement, Schumer said that sexual harassment is "never acceptable and must not be tolerated."

 

"I hope and expect that the Ethics Committee will fully investigate this troubling incident, as they should with any credible allegation of sexual harassment," he added."

 

Franken has said he would cooperate with the committee's investigation.

 

Washington Sen. Patty Murray, the highest ranking woman in the Democratic Senate leadership, said Franken's apology "doesn't reverse what he's done or end the matter."

 

A similarly sharp rebuke came from Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat.

 

"This should not have happened to Leeann Tweeden," Klobuchar said in a statement. "I strongly condemn this behavior and the Senate Ethics Committee must open an investigation. This is another example of why we need to change work environments and reporting practices across the nation, including in Congress."

 

The political fallout

 

The allegations against Franken quickly crossed into politics, with the National Republican Senatorial Committee tying senators running for re-election to Franken and the National Republican Congressional Committee demanding that Democratic candidates who had received campaign money from Franken to return those donations.

 

Josh Hawley, Missouri's Republican attorney general, who is running for the US Senate, used the event to needle Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, who is up for re-election in 2018 and considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats.

 

McCaskill tweeted that she was "shocked and concerned" and that the behavior described by Tweeden is "completely unacceptable." She also said she supports calls for an ethics investigation.

 

"This is not enough," Hawley tweeted, calling on McCaskill to join him in calls for Franken's resignation. "Return the money he gave you & the money he raised for @MODemParty."

McCaskill told CNN that returning Franken's campaign donations is "basically under consideration right now."

 

Several Democrats, including Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, have indicated that they will donate money they've received from Franken.

 

An aide to Gillibrand told CNN that she plans to give all the money she's ever received from Franken's PAC -- which they say totals $12,500 -- to the group Protect our Defenders, which combats rape and sexual assault in the military.

 

Baldwin told MSNBC that she plans to donate campaign contributions from Franken to a women's veteran initiative in Wisconsin.

 

Montana Sen. Jon Tester, also a Democrat, said he will donate $25,000 from Franken to a Montana organization that supports survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

 

[기사/사진: CNN]


 

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