Leeann Tweeden Reads Personal Apology Letter From Franken

Leeann Tweeden, the woman who on Thursday accused Democratic Sen. Al Franken (Minn.) of forcibly kissing and groping her without her consent in 2006, shared a letter that he sent her on Friday.

Tweeden, a Los Angeles radio host for KABC, joined ABC's "The View" the day after she accused Franken to discuss her allegations against him and sexual harassment and assault more broadly.

The hosts on "The View" asked Tweeden to read a personal letter she received from Franken, on his official letterhead, in which he apologized for his conduct.

Tweeden read the following aloud from her phone:

Dear Leeann,

I want to apologize to you personally. I don't know what was in my head when I took that picture, but that doesn't matter. There's no excuse, and I understand why you could feel violated by that photo. I remember that rehearsal differently. But what's important is the impact it had on you and you felt violated by my actions, and for that I apologize.

I have tremendous respect for your work for the USO, and I am ashamed that my actions ruined that experience for you. I am so sorry.


Al Franken

"It's a good letter," one of the co-hosts said after Tweeden finished.