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Bill Maher and Chelsea Handler Defend Al Franken On Real Time

November 18, 2017 | Posted by Joseph Lee
Real Time With Bill Maher

During the latest episode of HBO’s Real Time, both host Bill Maher and guest Chelsea Handler defended US Senator Al Franken, who was accused of groping Leeann Tweeden during a USO tour in 2006.

Bill Maher said: “Fox News has not really wanted to talk too much about the sexual harassment when it was Roy Moore or Donald Trump or everybody at Fox News and then Al Franken came along. Very disturbing. I was so shaken, I called Bill Cosby to see if he had anything to calm me down. As you know by now, when Al was on a USO tour back in 2006 with Leeann Tweeden, he [took] a picture where he’s mock-groping her while she’s sleeping. Not cool at all. Then he wrote a sketch where they were kissing as a pretext to actually force a kiss on her. … Al’s a friend, but Al, I gotta tell you: if you write a comedy sketch where you, Al Franken, kiss a model, and the next line of dialogue isn’t, ‘Get off of me, creepy,’ it’s not comedy. It’s science fiction. He did a bad thing, and the condemnation has been universal, which he deserves. What he doesn’t deserve is to be lumped in with Roy Moore, or Kevin Spacey, or Harvey Weinstein. Or Donald Trump! Donald Trump calls his accusers liars [and] threatened to sue them. Long riffs at his rallies where he would say they were too ugly for him to assault. Plus, with Al Franken, we’re talking about one incident. Trump has 16 accusers. Roy Moore has nine. Roy Moore’s spent more time chatting up young girls at the mall than Santa Claus. I know the difference between someone who behaved like a high schooler and someone who targeted high schoolers.

Handler added: “I agree with you on Al Franken. I’m sorry, he’s not a predator. Anybody who’s met him knows that’s not true. He made a mistake, absolutely, but he’s not a predator.