Celebs call for Franken's resignation
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Several left-leaning celebrities are speaking out against Democratic Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenMaher chides Democrats: We 'suck the fun out of everything' Why Caitlyn Jenner should not be dismissed #MeWho? The hypocritical silence of Kamala Harris MORE (Minn.), with some calling on him to step down, after a reporter on Thursday accused him of groping and kissing her without consent in 2006.

Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles radio host, says that Franken “aggressively” kissed her during rehearsal for a skit during a USO tour and later groped her while she was sleeping on a plane. The former model shared a photo of the groping incident, saying she felt “embarrassed,” “belittled” and “humiliated.”


Franken apologized in a statement, saying he didn’t remember the rehearsal the same way but acknowledging the photo “wasn’t” funny.


Kathy Griffin — a vocal critic of President Trump who triggered a Secret Service interview after posting a photo of herself holding a prop made to look like the commander in chief’s severed head — weighed in on the controversy on Thursday. The comedian, who’s performed her standup act during a pair of USO tours, wrote to her more than 2 million Twitter followers:

“Charmed” and “Who’s the Boss?” alum Alyssa Milano, another one of Hollywood’s most outspoken Trump critics, said there should be “zero tolerance” for sexual harassment.

“Spotlight” star Mark Ruffalo retweeted a message calling on Franken to resign.

Comedian Tom Arnold said Thursday that he knows both Tweeden and Franken, warning the two-term senator to “own this right now or get out.”

“Bring it On” actress Gabrielle Union, a rape survivor who served on the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women under then-President Obama, tweeted to her more than 3.5 million Twitter followers:

And Antonio Sabato Jr. — the former model who spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention and is running for a House seat in California — suggested Franken should face jail time: