Los Angeles radio host Leeann Tweeden, who accused Sen. Al Franken of "kissing and groping" her while the pair were on a USO tour in the early 2000s, spoke to press Thursday afternoon about her ordeal.

Tweeden, who says Franken forced his tongue into her mouth during a "rehearsal," and later groped her breasts for a photo while she was asleep, told media that she'd carried the accusations inside for "so long," and that even her essay didn't do justice to the pressure she felt from Franken.


She encouraged others who have suffered sexual harassment or sexual assault to speak up.

"This is happening to women who have no power and no way to speak up," she said. "I think the tide is turning, and what about all the women who don't have microphones and a voice and can say something and it's all over the news?"

Tweeden says she isn't asking Franken to step down, nor for there to be an ethics investigation. She merely wanted to tell her story, and whatever consequences Franken faces will be up to those who employ him.

"There's no reason why I shouldn't accept his apology. Sure," she said. "People make mistakes. I'm not calling for him to step down. That's not my place to say that. If there are other people who come out and say he's done this, I don't know."