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Tweeden said that Franken had been headlining the tour and wrote a comedy skit in which Franken’s character attempted to kiss Tweeden’s character. Tweeden said she believed she could turn her head or cover his mouth with her hand “to get more laughs from the crowd.”
But during a rehearsal of the kiss that Franken repeatedly insisted on, Tweeden said, Franken forcefully kissed her.
“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,” Tweeden wrote. “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.”
Tweeden said she felt “disgusted and violated” by the kiss, and pushed Franken away and told him that if he ever did that again, she “wouldn’t be so nice about it the next time.”
Later, the pair performed the skit and Tweeden said she turned her head to dodge Franken’s kiss.
She added that she told neither the tour’s sponsor, the Sergeant Major of the Army, nor the USO representative about the incident.
“At the time I didn’t want to cause trouble. We were in the middle of a war zone, it was the first show of our Holiday tour, I was a professional, and I could take care of myself. I told a few of the others on the tour what Franken had done and they knew how I felt about it,” Tweeden wrote. “I tried to let it go, but I was angry.”
But Franken’s alleged misconduct didn’t end there, Tweeden continued. Franken groped her breasts while she was asleep during the 36-hour flight back to Los Angeles — an incident captured in a photograph that Tweeden didn’t see until she was back in the United States.
It sounds like it was taken by the official photographer for the tour. pic.twitter.com/zNpgipjXVB
— Vicki Fry 🍳 (@VickiFry) November 16, 2017