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Sen. Al Franken apologized Thursday after a Los Angeles radio show anchor said that he had forcibly kissed her and later groped her on a 2006 USO tour, and said that he would "gladly cooperate" with an Ethics Committee investigation into his actions.

Tweeden says Franken wrote a special part for her in his script, in which the two were meant to kiss. Her account includes a photo of Franken posing for the camera as he reaches for Tweeden's breasts while she appears to be asleep.

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, has called for an investigation into the matter, Politico reported.

Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth said, "I believe her, and if there's an ethics investigation, that should move forward as well".

Franken becomes the latest figure swept up in sexual harassment allegations that have mushroomed since Hollywood figure Harvey Weinstein was hit with multiple allegations. Al Franken (D-MN) of sexual misconduct, said Thursday that she was initially afraid to speak up about the 2006 incident because she was concerned it could hurt her career.

"But I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann", Franken wrote, according to the Associated Press.

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

Coming from the world of comedy, I've told and written a lot of jokes that I once thought were amusing but later came to realize were just plain offensive.

By Maria L. Taylor  Wikipedia Commons Comedian Al Franken performs for military members at Ramstein Air Base Germany in 2000
By Maria L. Taylor Wikipedia Commons Comedian Al Franken performs for military members at Ramstein Air Base Germany in 2000

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken was accused of forcefully kissing a radio host.

"I felt disgusted and violated".

For Democrats, there's not much to lose in attacking Franken; even if this scandal continues to unfold, and more victims come forward, forcing the senator to resign, he would nearly certainly be replaced by a Democrat appointed by Minnesota's Democratic governor.

"There's no reason why I shouldn't accept his apology", she said, adding later that Franken had an opportunity to apologize a couple years after the 2006 tour when she encountered her at a USO gala. He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep.

She said she hoped her allegations would prompt other women to share their own experiences.

"People make mistakes. I'm not calling for him to step down".

And the truth is, what people think of me in light of this is far less important than what people think of women who continue to come forward to tell their stories. "We're not going to fix the problems of sexual harassment and assault until men take responsibility for their actions and change their behavior". "Maybe I can be somebody's Jackie Speier, and they can tell their story in real time".

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