Tweeden said she "pushed" Franken off, and that she almost punched him.
"I want to have the same effect on them that Congresswoman Jackie Speier had on me," Tweeden wrote.I shouldn't have done it." Franken released a longer statement several hours after his initial one, where he described a lengthier apology and said he "didn't know what" was in his head when he took the actions in the photo."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. 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." At a news conference, Tweeden was asked if she accepted Franken's apology.Leeann Tweeden is now a morning news anchor on Talk Radio 790 KABC in Los Angeles and posted her story in a lengthy post on the station's website.The incidents happened before Franken was elected to the Senate in 2008 and was seated in 2009 following a recount.