Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) if she believed the woman who stepped forward on Thursday accusing Franken of groping and kissing her during a USO Tour in 2006, the NY senator replied: "I do".
Franken's statement about Tweeden's accusations this week suggest an apparent about-face. Franken was part of a skit being performed for the troops, and she alleges that Franken wrote a kiss with her into the skit and then insisted she practice it backstage.
The Democratic senator swiftly issued an apology to Tweeden, although he claimed to remember the rehearsal differently.
In response, Franken wrote that he doesn't "remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way", and said the photo "was clearly meant to be amusing but wasn't". She said Franken groped her when she was asleep and provided a photo. "I shouldn't have done it". Tweeden also posted a picture in which Franken is shown grinning into a camera with his hands on a sleeping Tweeden's breasts.
Franken becomes the latest figure swept up in sexual harassment allegations that have mushroomed since Hollywood figure Harvey Weinstein was hit with multiple allegations. On the flight home from Afghanistan she says she was exhausted and fell asleep. "I think the tide is turning, and what about all the women who don't have microphones and a voice and can say something and it's all over the news?" She also said that she believes he pushed to kiss her during a rehearsal the show because they were alone.
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Seo said three North Korean troops and one soldier who were on guard opened fire on the escaping soldier, firing around 40 shots. Seo said the North Korean soldier appears to have been shot in five places, adding that he had his first operation on Monday.
Rooney, who passed away in 2011, was never accused of any crimes in his lifetime.
Comedian Al Franken poses with Staff Sgt. Allan Polasko of the 377th Theater Support Command and native of Madison Township, Ohio, during an autograph signing session at Third Army/U.S.
In a statement Thursday morning, Franken apologized for his behavior. And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed. I am glad Senator Franken has acknowledged as much and has agreed to cooperate with an ethics investigation.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell responded quickly to the Franken allegations by demanding for an official investigation.
Earlier on Thursday, McConnell called for the Ethics Committee to investigate the allegations against Franken, adding, "Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable - in the workplace or anywhere else".