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

17:31  06 december  2017
17:31  06 december  2017 Source:   thehill.com

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Al Franken (D-Minn.) of trying to forcibly kiss her in 2006 .The woman , a former Democratic congressional aide A Los Angeles radio host accused Franken of kissing and groping her without consent in 2006 . Other women have alleged Franken touched them inappropriately during photo ops.

The woman said she had never met Franken prior to the incident. Franken was elected to the Senate in 2008 but began ramping up his political activity in 2006 . Franken , who has been accused by six other women of groping or trying to forcibly kiss them, denied the accusation .

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.'"

Franken on groping allegations: 'This will not happen again'

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Another woman is accusing Democratic Senator Al Franken of trying to " forcibly kiss " her . A former Democratic congressional aide told POLITICO the encounter occurred after a taping of Franken 's radio show in 2006 , several years before he became a U.S. senator.

Al Franken (D-MN) of trying to forcibly kiss her in 2006 after a taping of his radio show, joining several other women who have accused the Minnesota senator of sexual misconduct.

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.

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