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NEWS Journalist accuses Franken of groping her in 2009
Yet another woman has come forward accusing Minnesota Senator Al Franken of sexual misconduct
One of the women who accused Minnesota Senator Al Franken of sexual harassment leveled more criticism on the "defiant" lawmaker on Friday after he announced his resignation and dismissed numerous claims against him. She also claimed he forcibly kissed her when they were practicing a performance together for troops overseas.
That accuser, who spoke to Politico under the condition of anonymity, saidFranken pursued her after her boss had left and she was collecting her things. Franken said he had a different recollection of the skit rehearsal, but said he welcomed a Senate ethics investigation into the allegation. "After experiencing many vile and partisan personal attacks on my credibility since I went public, I don't blame these women one bit".
Menz accused Franken of groping her while posing for a photo together at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.
Al Franken, D-Minn., will resign at the end of the year.
"Over the last few weeks, a number of women have come forward to talk about how they felt my actions had affected them", he began. I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator-nothing-has brought this honor on this institution, and I am confident that the Ethics Committee would agree.
"I definitely wanted more answers today", she said. While I do not celebrate Senator Franken's resignation, we can not tolerate hypocrisy.
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He insists that some of the allegations against him "are simply not true", while he recalls other situations that have come to light in recent weeks "quite differently". Then the conversation turned to me.
Sen. Al Frankenlistens during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Sept. 20, 2017 in Washington.
"It doesn't make me feel good but I would use that word", Tweeden added.
Noting seven other women subsequently came forward with allegations of Franken's misconduct, Tweeden said it is "between those women and God, who's lying".
"I'm saying that he calls himself a champion of women, but he does these things that says to the women, 'you have no ownership over your own body.' That 'your comfort does not matter.' That 'I can touch you and I can do whatever I want to you and it doesn't matter, '" she said. The woman said she appeared on Franken's radio show Air America and after the interview, she tried to shake his hand but he took it and leaned in for a kiss.
"It's very disappointing and ironic for me personally, and I'll miss him", said yet another woman.
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