Former Poker TV host Accuses US Senator of Sexual Harassment


Former Poker After Dark hostess, Leeann Tweeden, went public last week with her story of being kissed and groped by Al Franken during a 2006 USO tour of the Middle East.

Franken, who has worked as a writer, comedian and now as a United States Senator from Minnesota, allegedly attempted to trick Tweeden into kissing him during the 2006 USO tour before he aggressively “stuck his tongue” down her throat.

– 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, Leeann Tweeden writes.

Above: Leeann Tweeden has hosted poker shows like the Poker After Dark and NBC’s National Heads Up Championship.

In addition to that, Tweeden published a photo where Al Franken groped her without her consent. Shortly after going public with her story, Franken released the following statement:

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

Tweeden now works as a morning radio host for KABC 790 in Los Angeles, where she also made her revelations about Al Franken.

Tweeden is best known in the poker world for hosting the NBC’s “Poker After Dark”. She has also worked as a sports broadcaster and appeared on the covers of FHM, Maxim and Playboy.