美国参议员弗兰肯因2006年性骚扰推登而道歉

编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2017年11月17日 作者:美国之音(VOA News)

美国民主党明尼苏达州参议员弗兰肯(Al Franken)星期四向一名洛杉矶播音员道歉。那名新闻从业人员说弗兰肯在他们2006年一起到中东慰劳美军的时候,对她动手动脚。

曾经担任电视主持人、体育新闻播报员和花花公子模特的利安·推登(Leeann Tweeden)说,弗兰肯在参选前是电视节目《周六夜现场》(Saturday Night Live)的喜剧演员。推登说弗兰肯 “在没有经过我的同意下亲我而且抚摸我,这一点都不好笑。”

推登现在是一家电台的播音员。她说当弗兰肯和她两人在排练一出搞笑剧来娱乐美军的时候,里面有一个桥段是弗兰肯要亲她,弗兰肯“伸出舌头硬是放到我嘴里。”

推登在KABC电台网站的文章里面说“我走开了。我能够想到的就是尽快到卫生间洗掉他的味道。我觉得恶心而且被侵犯了。”

劳军结束后,代表团飞回美国。推登说,她在飞行途中睡著了,后来发现一张弗兰肯笑著对她袭胸的照片。

推登说:“我无法相信。他在没有经过我同意,在我熟睡的情况下碰我。”“我觉得又被侵犯了。尴尬、被轻蔑看待、被羞辱了。怎么有人敢这样对我袭胸而且还觉得好笑?”

弗兰肯在一份声明中说:“我当然不记得喜剧的排演出现那种情况,但是我对利安表示最真挚的道歉。至于照片,很明显是作为搞笑的,但一点都不好笑。我不应该那么做。”

参议院多数党共和党领袖麦康奈尔(Sen. Mitch McConnell)要求道德委员会审查弗兰肯十一年前的行径。弗兰肯在该事件两年后当选参议员。

麦康奈尔说:“不管是哪一党,骚扰和侵犯是完全不可接受的—不管是在职场或是任何其他地方。”

弗兰肯的事件就是在民主党加州众议员斯皮尔(Rep. Jackie Speier)这星期说她知道两名国会议员,一位民主党和一位共和党人对其他人性骚扰之际,浮出水面。

来自维吉尼亚州的共和党众议员康斯托克(Barbara Comstock)说,她最近听闻一位女性员工到一位现任众议员家送公文,那名议员裹著浴巾出来开门,然后裸露。康斯托克说,那名员工很快就辞职了。

一些共和党和民主党议员正在推动立法,要求议会全体议员和员工接受反性骚扰的训练。

全美各地的女性还有一些男性最近这几周在五十位女性,大多是好莱坞演员指控影视大亨哈维·温斯坦(Harvey Weinstein)性侵之后,纷纷公开了他们数十年来遭受性骚扰的经历,骚扰者多半是职场上有权有势,能掌握他们职业发展的人。

US Senator Franken Apologizes for 2006 Groping Incident

Democratic U.S. Senator Al Franken of Minnesota apologized and asked for an ethics investigation of his actions after a Los Angeles newscaster Thursday accused him of groping and aggressively kissing her in 2006, two years before he was elected.

Former TV host and Playboy model Leeann Tweeden said, while traveling with Franken on a goodwill trip to entertain American troops in the Middle East, Franken “kissed and groped me without my consent, and there's nothing funny about it.”

Tweeden said she and Franken, who was a popular television comedian and writer in 2006, were rehearsing a skit that called for him to kiss her. She said he aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth.”

In an article posted on Los Angeles radio station KABC’s website, Tweeden said, “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.”

Later, as the U.S. entourage was flying back to the United States, Tweeden said she fell asleep, during which time a photo was taken of a smiling Franken grabbing her breasts.

“I couldn't believe it. He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep,” she said. “I felt violated all over again. Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated. How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it's funny?”

“I don't know what was in my head when I took that picture, and it doesn’t matter,” Franken said. “There’s no excuse. I look at it now and I feel disgusted with myself. It isn’t funny. It’s completely inappropriate.”

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, called for an ethics investigation of Franken, and the Minnesota senator concurred.

Some Republican and Democratic lawmakers are advancing legislation that would require the entire Congress and staff members to take anti-sexual harassment training.

In recent weeks, women across the U.S., and some men, have publicly disclosed they have over decades been victims of sexual harassment, most often at the hands of powerful people in their workplace who had control over their career advancement. The barrage of complaints ensued after more than 50 women, most of them Hollywood actors, accused powerful film producer Harvey Weinstein of unwanted sexual advances.