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Bill Maher Disputes NY Post Story Accusing Al Franken of Groping Arianna Huffington

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Bill Maher disputes NY Post photos of Al Franken and Arianna

There is nothing Bill Maher hates more than people taking comedy too seriously. And that appears to be what Page Six’s Emily Smith has done with a couple of photos taken in 2000 to promote a segment called “Strange Bedfellows” from Bill Maher’s ABC show Politically Incorrect.

The New York Post “exclusive” features the headline, “Newly surfaced pics show Al Franken grabbing Arianna Huffington’s breasts and butt.” But what follows hardly delivers on that promise.

Maher responded in a tweet Monday night, calling the article “so ridic and such an insult to any real victims,” adding, “Low even for you, Post.”

What’s most remarkable about the Post’s article, however, is that Huffington herself rejects any untoward reading of the photos.

“The notion that there was anything inappropriate in this photo shoot is truly absurd,” she said in a statement. “Al and I did a comedic sketch for Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect called ‘Strange Bedfellows,’ in which the whole point, as the name makes clear, was that we were doing political commentary from bed. This shoot was looking back at the sketch, and we were obviously hamming it up for comedic effect.”


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