Franken: Doesn't remember forcing kiss on tour

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"There is never an excuse for this behavior - ever".

A Los Angeles radio personality says that Minnesota Sen. Later Thursday, he issued a longer apology.

"As with all credible allegations of sexual harassment or assault, I believe the Ethics Committee should review the matter", McConnell said in a statement.

In an essay published on KABC, the network where Tweeden's show airs, she writes that during the tour, Franken asked her to join a skit he'd written which involved a kiss.

"I laughed and ignored him".

"He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep", broadcaster Leeann Tweeden wrote on Thursday.

She also said she was inspired to speak out now by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) who revealed in October that while she was a staffer on Capitol Hill, the chief of staff "held my face, kissed me, and stuck his tongue in my mouth".

She also presented evidence, including a photograph of Franken, his head turned toward the camera, with his hands placed over Tweeden's breasts as she slept. "Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated. How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it's amusing?" Franken is shown standing over her, appearing to be groping her chest.

In a statement provided to Jezebel, Franken said, "I certainly don't remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann".

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"As to the photo, it was clearly meant to be amusing but wasn't".

"Let me tell you about one show I did", he said.

Reuters was unable to independently verify Tweeden or Franken's accounts.

Despite her need to report it, the anchor confesses she didn't do it because of the fear of reprisals and the consequences it could bring to her career. "There's no reason why I shouldn't accept his apology". "People make mistakes and of course he knew he made a mistake", Leeann Tweeden said. And they deserve to know that I am their ally and supporter. "I felt disgusted and violated". It isn't amusing. It's completely inappropriate.

Mr Franken, a former Saturday Night Live writer, apologised for the grope.

Moore, 70, has denied the accusations and said he was the victim of a witch hunt.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has called for an ethics investigation into the allegations, something that Democrats agreed with. He called for an ethics investigation into himself, saying he will "gladly cooperate". The behavior described is completely unacceptable.

Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth said, "I believe her, and if there's an ethics investigation, that should move forward as well". Franken does not seem like someone who would defy public opinion and the advice of his political allies to force the issue, but if somehow he did, his expulsion would be on the table more immediately than Moore's hypothetical post-election case.




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