Politics Woman accuses Franken of trying to forcibly kiss her in 2006

17:31  06 december  2017
17:31  06 december  2017 Source:   The Hill

Report: Franken will resign Thursday

  Report: Franken will resign Thursday A source close to Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Wednesday confirmed the senator will resign Thursday amid mounting allegations of sexual misconduct, Minnesota Public Radio reports.A Democratic Party official who said they spoke to Franken ahead of the senator's planned Thursday press conference told the station that Franken plans to announce his resignation at the event.He added that Franken has traveled to D.C. to discuss his future with his family. The officials said that Franken's staff confirmed his decision in separate conversations.Franken's staff pushed back with a tweet from the Senator's official Twitter account.

Franken has been accused of groping multiple women during photo ops and trying to kiss radio host Leeann Tweeden without her permission. Although he apologized to Tweeden for the 2006 incident, he said he didn't remember forcibly kissing her

Franken has been accused of groping multiple women during photo ops and trying to kiss radio host Leeann Tweeden without her permission. Although he apologized to Tweeden for the 2006 incident, he said he didn't remember forcibly kissing her

Woman accuses Franken of trying to forcibly kiss her in 2006 © Provided by The Hill Woman accuses Franken of trying to forcibly kiss her in 2006

A woman is accusing Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) of trying to forcibly kiss her in 2006.

The woman - who was a former Democratic congressional aide - said the Minnesota Democrat attempted to forcibly kiss her in 2006 following the taping of his radio show.

"He was between me and the door and he was coming at me to kiss me. It was very quick and I think my brain had to work really hard to be like 'Wait, what is happening?' But I knew whatever was happening was not right and I ducked," the aide said in an interview with Politico.

"I was really startled by it and I just sort of booked it towards the door and he said, 'It's my right as an entertainer.'"

Key events related to misconduct allegations against Franken

  Key events related to misconduct allegations against Franken Key events related to allegations of sexual misconduct by Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken:NOV. 16A Los Angeles radio anchor accuses Franken of forcibly kissing her while they were rehearsing during a 2006 USO tour. KABC anchor Leeann Tweeden also made public a photo that shows Franken smiling, with his hands over her chest as if to grope her, as she slept. Franken, who was a comedian at the time, released a statement saying he remembered the alleged kiss differently and he felt "disgusted with myself" over the photo.

Franken Apologizes Following Kissing , Groping Allegations. A radio host says the former comedian and current U.S. senator forcibly kissed her while the pair was on a USO tour, and Al Franken , D-Minn., allegedly forced a kiss and groped a woman while on a USO Tour in 2006 , (Carolyn Kaster/AP).

A woman is accusing Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) of trying to forcibly kiss her in 2006 . “I was really startled by it and I just sort of booked it towards the door and he said, ‘It’s my right as an entertainer.’ ” The allegation is from 2006 — before Franken became a senator.

The allegation is from 2006, before Franken became a senator.

Franken said in a statement to Politico that the allegation is "categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous."

"I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation," he said in the statement.

Franken is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. A woman last month accused Franken of kissing and groping her without her consent in 2003. Other women have alleged Franken touched them inappropriately during photo ops.

Franken has apologized for his behavior and said he is prepared to cooperate with an ethics investigation. He has also said he is "ashamed" by the allegations.

Ethics Committee Opens Investigation Into Franken Allegations .
The Senate Ethics Committee opened a preliminary inquiry Thursday into allegations of sexual misconduct against Sen. Al Franken. “While the committee does not generally comment on pending matters or matters that may come before it, in this instance, the committee’s publicly confirming that it has opened a preliminary inquiry into Senator Franken’s alleged misconduct,” panel leaders said in an announcement. Five women have come forward with allegations that the Minnesota Democrat engaged in unwanted sexual activity. Franken has said he will continue to retain his seat.Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call on your iPhone or your Android.

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