Al Franken apologizes after accusation he kissed and groped TV news anchor

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"Then, when Lesley's passed out, I take her to the closet and rape her, '" Franken said.

She also shared a photo that appears to show Franken placing his hands over her breasts while posing for the camera.

While riffing on ideas involving Rooney finding an empty bottle of sedatives in his desk, Franken suggested Rooney say he had used the drugs to sedate and rape fellow "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl.

Heitkamp says society has been "far too tolerant and dismissive" of sexual harassment allegations, and that cases that are now coming to light are "a sea change that is very important". She also said that she believes he pushed to kiss her during a rehearsal the show because they were alone. Other senators, including Democratic senators Kristen Gillibrand and Tammy Duckworth, spoke out about the incident and supported an ethics investigation into Sen.

"The first thing I want to do it apologize; the Leeann, to everyone else who was part of that tour, to everyone who has worked for me, to everyone I represent and to everyone who counts on me to be an ally and supporter and champion of women", he said.

"I felt violated all over again".

Tweeden alleges that Franken, then a comedian and formerly of Saturday Night Live, forcibly kissed her while rehearsing for a skit and later groped her while she was asleep. "Franken repaid me with petty insults, including drawing devil horns on at least one of the headshots I was autographing for the troops", Tweeden said.

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) is the latest public figure to face accusations of sexual misconduct, as a woman is now accusing Franken of kissing and groping her without her consent.

Franken said in a statement that he sends his "sincerest apologies" to Tweeden.

"Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated", Tweeden wrote.

"He said to me, "We need to rehearse the kiss" she wrote in the blog.

In her essay, Tweeden said she meant to participate in the comedy tour, hosted by the United Service Organizations, as an emcee.

On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) called on the Senate Ethics Committee to review the allegations against Franken. "If there are other people who come out and say he's done this, I don't know". "We're not going to fix the problems of sexual harassment and assault until men take responsibility for their actions and change their behavior".

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. "I have let them down and am committed to making it up to them".

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

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