Franken Accuser Accepts His Apology: 'People Make Mistakes'

US senator Al Franken apologises after accusation of groping

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But she claimed that Franken wrote a moment into the script where his character "comes at me for a "kiss".

A radio news anchor accused Sen.

"I am asking that an ethics investigation be undertaken, and I will gladly cooperate", the Minnesota Democrat said in a statement after Leeann Tweeden accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO Tour - and released a damning photo that appears to show him groping her while she sleeps. When she was back in the U.S., Tweeden looked through a CD with photos from the tour and discovered one of Franken grabbing at her chest while she was sleeping. She says Franken was the headliner on a roster of entertainers that included musicians Darryl Worley, Mark Wills, and some members of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. They deserve to be heard, and believed.

"The ethics investigation - if that's what Mitch McConnell wants to do - I'm not calling for that ..."

"The allegations are serious, we need to take them seriously and I support an ethics investigation".

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"On a typical night, Carl would slip into Rob's bed, roll him over, swab him down and say something like, 'I'm thinking about hiring Morey Amsterdam to play Buddy Sorrell, what do you think?'" Franken said.

Al Franken says he doesn't remember a USO Tour skit "in the same way" as a fellow performer who alleges he kissed her against her will. He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep.

In the first-person account that she wrote for KABC's website, in which she accuses Franken of kissing and groping her, Tweeden mentions some of her past modeling work. It is not clear from the photo whether Franken touched her, but Tweeden said he had.

"But I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann", Franken wrote.

Franken attended as a comedian and organizer of some shows to entertain the soldiers that Tweeden describes as "full of sexual innuendos geared toward a young, male audience". I laughed and ignored him.

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"To say I was sorry for writing a joke was to sell out my career, to sell out who I'd been my entire life", Franken said.

Democrats throughout the morning weighed in with disappointment toward Franken and calls for an Ethics Committee investigation.

"That was my catalyst to go, 'If I'm going to tell my story, now is the time, ' Tweeden said". Over the last few months, all of us-including and especially men who respect women-have been forced to take a good, hard look at our own actions and think (perhaps, shamefully, for the first time) about how those actions have affected women. "I have let them down and am committed to making it up to them". Women who come forward are fearless and deserve to be respected.

"The apology, sure, I accept it. People make mistakes, of course he knew he made a mistake".

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