Franken is the latest person swept up in sexual harassment allegations that have mushroomed since Hollywood figure Harvey Weinstein was hit with multiple allegations. As she slept, Tweeden says Franken groped her breasts in a moment that was caught on camera.
On Thursday, TV host and morning news anchor for McIntyre in the Morning Leeann Tweeden accused Senator Al Franken of assaulting her in 2006.
Franken issued an initial statement: "I certainly don't remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann".
McCaskill seems to be referencing Franken's initial statement on the sexual misconduct allegations in which he claimed the picture of him appearing to grope Tweeden "was clearly meant to be amusing".
LA radio host Leeann Tweeden said now-Sen. Franken is shown standing over her, appearing to be groping her chest.
Tweeden says she tried to resist but says Franken forced himself on her and stuck his tongue in her mouth.
And, you know, she says that she wasn't aware of this until she looked through the photos and writes in her essay, I couldn't believe it. "But even as angry as I was, I was anxious about the potential backlash and damage going public might have on my career as a broadcaster", Tweeden writes.
She said she hoped her allegations would prompt other women to share their own experiences. I felt violated all over again. "It's obvious how Leeann would feel violated by that picture". "The Ethics Committee should investigate this matter", the Oregon Democrat tweeted.
Warren said Thursday that she was glad Franken acknowledged his behavior was inappropriate and that he had agreed to a Senate ethics investigation. "I'd go out and do a monologue, and this is something I would do, I've done for a number of years, and I'd go out and I would say, you know, I've done now seven USO tours and every year I'm just more and more impressed with the United States military, except one thing I do not get, it's the "don't ask, don't tell" policy". "I said something like, 'Relax Al, this isn't SNL ... we don't need to rehearse the kiss'". But "I've decided it's time to tell my story".
"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. It isn't amusing. It's completely inappropriate. She also said that she believes he pushed to kiss her during a rehearsal the show because they were alone. "I would have been long dead by now", she told reporters at the press conference. "People make mistakes and of course he knew he made a mistake".
Donald Trump also faces allegations of sexual assault by at least a dozen women, most of whom came forward in the months leading up to the 2016 election. Martin said the party supports an ethics investigation. Harassment and assault, he says, are completely unacceptable in the workplace or anywhere else.