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Al Franken apologizes after radio host accuses him of kissing, groping her

17 November 2017, 01:11 | Clyde Nash

Capitol Hill consumed by sexual harassment issue

US senator Al Franken apologises after accusation of groping

In an interesting wrinkle, Franken wrote in his most recent book that it was during the 2006 USO tour - the same tour on which Tweeden says he assaulted her - that he chose to run for the Minnesota senate seat. Franken decided their characters would kiss and "mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth", Tweeden writes. When he first told her they needed to rehearse the kiss, Tweeden says she laughed.

The Democrat Franken rose to fame as a comedian and writer for NBC's Saturday Night Live, and some of his quips and performances were touchy subjects well before he ran to represent Minnesota in the Senate.

Senator Al Franken meets with constituents at Minnesota Farmfest in Redwood County, Minnesota, US, August 6, 2014.

"I certainly don't remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann", he said.

In a statement to Bustle, Franken says he does not remember the incident and that the photo was meant to be amusing. "I shouldn't have done it".

She also included a photo in which Franken appears to grabbing Tweeden's breast while she's asleep.

Warren said that women who come forward with allegations of such sexual misconduct are "brave and deserve to be respected".

"I'm telling my story because there may be others", she said. They deserve to be heard, and believed. "I made sure I was never alone with him".

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Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) listens to the testimony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice" on Capital Hill in Washington, DC, on October 18, 2017.

Tweeden said the surge of people coming forward with their own experiences of sexual harassment or assault encouraged her to go public with her account about Franken. "Comedy is no excuse for inappropriate conduct, and I believe there should be an ethics investigation".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is now advocating for an ethics investigation into Franken.

In a statement Thursday, Sen.

Tweeden said she was inspired to tell her story by women members of Congress who spoke up against harassment this week. "The Ethics Committee should investigate this matter", the Oregon Democrat tweeted. "Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable - in the workplace or anywhere else".

"He had a chance to apologize to me then, because he knew - he knew exactly what he did to me then and that picture was out there", she said".

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