Broadcaster accuses Senator Al Franken of sexual harassment

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Upon browsing through them she found one that appears to show Franken grinning a the camera, standing over Tweeden with his hands either hovering over, or grabbing her breasts.

"There were people around me who said, 'Oh, my God, you will get annihilated and you will never work in this town again, ' and I was afraid of that".

"I agree with Sen".

"Comedy is no excuse for inappropriate conduct, and I believe there should be an ethics investigation", she added.

The incidents described by Tweeden took place before Franken took public office, though the allegations have prompted several senators to call for the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate the matter.

She claims that in 2006, when Franken was a comedian and not yet a senator, he insisted on kissing her as part of a rehearsal for an act.

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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.

According to Tweeden's account, Franken wrote a bawdy script that included a kiss for the two to perform onstage.

Tweeden is the daughter of a service member, and she says that she's passionate about the troops and their mission overseas.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand had said Franken's earlier statement - in which he dismissed the photo as "clearly meant to be funny" - was insufficient and that she believes Tweeden's accusations, but wouldn't comment on whether her Democratic colleague should resign, according to The Hill.

While Tweeden didn't see the photo until after the trip, she said that looking back on it now, she recognizes Franken's later actions during the USO trip as a "last laugh".

She said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) inspired her to come forward with her story. During Thursday's press conference, she said Franken saw her and her husband a few years later at a gala and he tried to initiate a conversation with her.

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"But I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann", Franken wrote. "We're not going to fix the problems of sexual harassment and assault until men take responsibility for their actions and change their behavior". "It isn't amusing. It's completely inappropriate", he said.

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

Moore, facing multiple accusations that he pursued relationships or sexually assaulted teenage girls, mocked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for calling for an ethics panel investigation into Franken. "I have let them down and am committed to making it up to them".

"I respect women. I don't respect men who don't".

"Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable-in the workplace or anywhere else", said McConnell.

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