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tonight, breaking news. the explosive allegation against senator al franken. the radio anchor making this photograph public, accusing franken of forcibly kissing her during a uso tour. tonight, the senator responds. also tonight, senate candidate roy moore. what he now says amid new accusers. including a woman who says she was just a teenager when he called her at her high school. the vet tran detective shot in the head and killed. there is an urgent manhunt at this hour. your money, yourtaxes. plan. but tonight, the huge stakes for president trump. senate republicans now can only afford to lose two where is the math ri the powerful storm sweeping across the country. holiday travel will be effected this weekend. the house explosion, just as policearrive
an million for the last da vinci? i went for $10,000 about a decade ago. not a bad return. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. and amid this national conversation about sexual harassment, tonight, the new headline involving a sitting senator. an explosive charge against democrat al franken, accused by a woman of forcibly kissing her during a uso tour, and taking this photo she slept on the plane back home from afghanistaann's response, and abc's mary bruce leads us off. >> reporter: tonight on capitol hill, no sign of al franken. the senator disappeared after that photo emerged, and the sleeping woman he's standing over spoke out. >> coming up, leeann tweeden. >> reporter: leeann tweeden breaking her story on kabc radio this morning. the california radio host says she and franken were in kuwait
on a uso tour in 2006. backstage along, he asked to practice a kissing scene he wrote. >> i was like, "al, this isn't snl, we're not really going to kiss, so, we don't really have to practice." and he just kept persisting. >> reporter: she says franken >> he just mashed his lips tongue in my mouth so fast. and all i caremember i his lips were really w, and it was sly. and i remember, i pushed him off with my hands and i just remember, i almost punched him. >> repter: but minutes later, es performing the sketch they would do many times. was over, exhausted, tweeden fell asleepo. and that's when the photo was taken. >> it was a photo of a smirkinn like, hey, look at me. nothing li funny. is it funny if he does that to your sister or your daughter or r: today, he apologized. writing the first and
important thing is, i'sorry.pic says there's no excuse. i look at it now and i feel nny.usted with se it's completely inapproprie. it's obvious h ould feelvioled alleged unwaed kiss, franken writes, while i don't remember it as leeann does, i understand why we need to listen to and believe women's experiences. now congss is going good, hard look at him. >> this kind of conduct should to have to wait to see how it p plays out on the ethics investigation. >> reporter: should he resign? >> it needs to be looked into. >> reporter: as for tweeden? >> people make mistakes. i'm not calling for him to step down. you know, i -- that's not my place to say that. >> mary bruce with us live on the hill tonight. and mary, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell is calling for
the ethics committee to invest gament franken? >> reporter: he is asking the ethics commit toe to launch a former investigation. and tonight, democrats agree. and franken says he will, quote, gladly cooperate. david? >> mary bruce, thank you. the other major allegations involve a man who wants to become senator, roy moore. new accusers, and tonight, the woman who says he called her when she was a teen at her high school. she allegedly got pulled out of trig class. late today, roy moore defiant, saying, quote, i'll keep standing when they put me in a box and put me in the ground. abc's tom llamas asks, does roy moore deny dating teenage girls? >> reporter: for the first time since his campaign became engulfed in scandal, roy moore faced reporters at open news conference. >> i'll quit standing when they lay me in that box and put me in the ground. >> reporter: he denied all the allegations against him. >> they're not only untrue, but they have no evidence to support them. >> reporter: then, he opened the floor to questions.
>> we're going to talk about issues today. if anyone has a question about issues? next question. sir? >> reporter: does judge roy moore categorically deny he dated high school girls, teenage high school girls, when he was in his 30s? >> you read his letter and it addresses that very clearly. >> reporter: but can he say it? my question ending the news conference. moore and his wife, kayla, walking out. and we followed them. moore staying silent. dodging question by escaping into a kitchen. his allies outraged, lashing out at reporters. >> you are the fake, lying news from the swamp. >> reporter: moore has tried to push past the allegations, but new ones pop up nearly every day. the latest, from "the washington post." gena richardson says she was a teenage girl, around 18 years old, when roy moore approached her at the local mall where she was working. she says he introduced himself, asked where she went to school, and asked for her phone number. "no", she says she told him. "my dad is so strict."
a few days later, richardson says she was sitting in trigonometry class when she was called to the principal's office. she tells "the post" she was startled, and thought maybe her dad was calling. instead, she says, the man on the phone was roy moore. "he said 'what are you doing?' i said 'i'm in trig class." richardson says moore asked her out, but she told him she couldn't talk. a few days later, at the mall, she says hasked her out again and that night, they went to the movies.after, richardson says m offered her a ride, and in his car gave her what she calls a "forceful" kiss. "i'd never been kissed like that," she says. "and the minute that happened, i got scared and so i said i've got to go, because my curfew is now." richardson says that's the last time she spoke to roy moore. and tonight, the alabama republican party sticking with him. and then, from the white house. our cecilia vega in the briefing room. >> reporter: does the president believe roy moore's accusers and does he think roy moore should drop out of this race? >> look, the president believes that these allegations are very
troubling, and should be taken seriously. and he thinks that the people of alabama should make the decision on who their next senator should be. >> all right, tom with us live tonight in birmingham. you heard what the white house told cecilia today. the president believes this is up to the voters in alabama. he's not calling on roy moore to drop out. >> reporter: that's right, david. and actually, there is a new poll that came out moments ago, and shows the democrat in this race, doug jones, up by eightbe moore was up by doubl dits this is only one poll, it was conducted this week, but clearly, it shows a shift in dynamics. david? >> tom llamas, thank you. we turn next here to your money, your taxes, and tonight, president trump going to capitol hill. he desperately wants a legislative victory by year's end. house republicans today passing their tax plan, but now, the senate. the president can only afford to lose two republicans there, and who wins, who loses in both proposals? here's abc's seniorent cecilia tonight. >> reporter: president trump
brought his art of the deal to capitol hill today, making a pitch for a win he so desperately needs. >> the tax is going really well, thank you very much. >> reporter: at the end of his closed door meeting with house republicans, he told them, "i love you. no go vote." and they did, giving him that small victory on a bill that would add $1.4 trillion to the deficit over ten years, while decreasing the number of tax brackets and deductions. while it could save more than $300 billion over the next decade, it could also leave 13 million more people uninsured, by repealing an obamacare mandate, requiring all americans to have insurance. theirst republican senator to say he's a no, wisconsin's ron johnson. overnight, president trump called, trying to ease his concerns. johnson said, he's still a no. >> i'm just looking for a fair shake for all businesses. upset that apple cart and harm our company. >> reporter: and now, a new report by congress's nonpartisan tax committee raises serious questions about white house
claims its tax plan benefits the middle class. it says, over the next decade, americans who earn six figures will pay lower taxes, but those earning $75,000 or less will actually see a tax hike. opponents like oregon senator ron widen call it unfair. >> i don't know how anybody can go home now to the folks they represent and explain why it's a good idea to hike taxes on parents who barely stay afloat to pay for a massive corporate handout. what is happening now is just shameful. >> all right, cecilia vega live at the white house tonight. and as we said there, republicans can only afford to lose two votes in the senate. one senator, as you reported there, already a no. but you're hearing tonight the president still believes this is a done deal? >> reporter: david, sources tell us that behind closed doors on capitol hill today, the president told republicans, the senate will pass this bill. he says that he'll be able to
convert any republican nos, like wisconsin's ron johnson. he is already talking about what comes next, welfare reform, but as we've been say, this is far from a done deal. he cannot afford to lose anymore votes, david. >> cecilia vega, thank you. there is a developing headline from south dakota, where the controversial keystone pipeline was shut down today, after an oil leak. more than 200,000 gallons of oil escaping in a rurp part of the state, as transcanada activated its emergency response plan. officials say the cleanup could take some time. next tonight, to the russia investigation and jared kushner. the senate judiciary committee calling on the president's son-in-law to provide key e-mails they say he did not turn over. e-mails about wikileaks and on overture from russia to then candidate donald trump. here's abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas. >> reporter: less than a week >> reporter: tonight, we're learning that jared kushner has not turned over all of his e-mails to senate investigators,
looking into russian meddling. that revelation, less than a week after we learned the president's son, donald trump jr., exchanged private messages with wikileaks at the height of the campaign, during a period where wikileaks was releasing damaging information on hillary clinton. >> wikileaks. i love wikileaks. >> reporter: today, the senate aners an kushner's e-mails, saying they want e-mails kushner forwded about a russian back door overture and dinner invite, and about wikileaks. if, as you suggest, mr. kushner was unaware of, for example, any attempts s at russian interference, the searching would be small. david, tonight, kushner's attorney says he's been cooperating with congestioning a investigators and will continue to. and members of congress are demanding that he do so. david? >> pierre thomas tonight. pierre, thank you. next, a mistrial for senator bob menendez. the new jersey democrat accused of using his political influence
to help a florida eye doctor exchange for gifts and campaign contributions. he denied all charges, saying the two men were close, like brothers. no word yet on whether prosecutors will try again. next, an abc news investigation tonight, with our stations across the country, into a giant real estate rental company, starwood waypoint. cofounded by a billionaire friend of president trump. tens of thousands of families live in those property, paying rent. but the company is now dogged by complaints of shoddy maintenance, and an aggressive eviction policy. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross tonight. >> reporter: in dallas, texas, disaster in the living room. after carlos and ebony january say the landlord did a shoddy job of repairing an upstairs leak. >> just lucky to be alive. >> reporter: in broward county, florida, the parents of brielle nicholson say, in a lawsuit, their daughter's asthma was caused by the very same landlord who failed to remove toxic mold from their rental home.
>> every morning and every night, she has to take a breathing treatment. >> reporter: the landlord was, in effect, one of president trump's best billionaire friends, tom barack, who until he sold his interest, helped run what has now grown into a giant cop corporation that operated under the name starwood/waypoint, controlling tens of thousands of single fally rental homes across the country. >> you have the ultimate, out of state, far removed absentee landlord. >> reporter: in some neighborhoods, as our station in atlanta documented, a huge presence. the company claims it has a 99.8% satisfaction rate from its tenants. >> we're bringing professionalism, dedicated resources and a lot of energy and desire to service our residents at a high level. >> reporter: but the better business bureau gives the company a grade of d-plus and reporters at abc tv stations across the country heard lots of complaints. >> we just feel like we have been victimized and taken advantage of.
>> reporter: tenants also told us the company is quick to threaten eviction, even if a tenant is only a few days late with the rent. when it happens, they can end up in court and have to pay additional fees and the company's lawyers to stave off eviction. is that true, they have to pay those fees? >> yes, it's true. >> reporter: that's fair? >> that's part of the process that we have. >> reporter: it's part of your business. >> it's part of the business. >> brian ross with us tonight. we heard the executive say that the e jix notices are just part of their business, brian? >> that's right. all landlords deal with eviction issues, but a survey found the company had filed eviction notices against a full one-third of its tenants in the area. the company would not say how often they threaten eviction nationwide, david. >> brian ross, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. your money tonight. black friday deals up tonight, and one item you can save hundreds on right now. and how to shop at those big box discount stores without a
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the da vinci code, the new mystery tonight. who paid $450 million for this? tonight, someone somewhere is the new owner of this. a painting by leonardo dda vinc. few than 20 of his paintings are known to exist. and this is the only one in private hands. auctioned off at christie's in new york overnight. >> we move to the "savior of the world." >> reporter: right hand raised in a blessing. king charles i of england. the painting was known of but it was thought the painting was lost or destroyed, resurfacing in 1900. a photograph taken of it around that time. ten years ago, the painting sold for $10,000. a restoration. and last night, bidding started at a mere $75 million. >> 200 million is bid. at 200 million. at 200 million. 200 million. please. 200 million is bid. >> reporter: didn't stop there. >> give me 290, alex? >> 300. >> i thought so.
300 million. >> reporter: but wait. >> 50. >> reporter: finally, at 350 million, anyone else? >> at 350 million, looking for another bid -- >> 400. >> 400 million. 400 million is the blid. selling here at christie's $400 million is the bid -- and the piece is sold. >> 400 million, plus a mere 50 million in fees. back it in, johnny. thank you for watching here tonight. we wish. we'll see you back here tomorrow. good night. really?
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