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17 October 2020

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Chuck Light

Fred: One more fact on the Tweeden report regarding Franken. I knew there had been an article which had reported her contacts with a reporter from the Orange County Register in which she and the reporter had been discussing the best timing for revealing her story. I went back and sought further information about that.

I didn't find the article, but I did discover a bit more about the actual timing of her disclosure. In October of 2017, a month before Tweeden made her claim of inappropriate conduct by Franken, the Harvey Weinstein story broke. Allegations of Weinstein rapes and misogynistic treatment of women in general were all over the media, and the #MeToo movement was again brought to the fore.

It was in the midst of that turmoil that Tweeden and the Orange County Register reporter decided it was time to report her story. She could have told her story at any time from 2006 when the events happened up to 2017 when she finally did report it. She could have told it when the "Access Hollywood" tape had been reported a year earlier, as further evidence that "all men are pigs" (something I find more or less convincing in general), and that all men in power treat women like scum.

The Harvey Weinstein story, however, gave Tweeden and the OC Register the best possible background for her allegations (remember, unproven until this day) that she had been groped and mistreated by Franken.

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