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Al Franken accused of trying to forcibly kiss woman, denies allegation

06 December 2017, 07:26 | Myron Mathis

ABC News Leeann Tweeden is seen here during a press conference

Leeann Tweeden is seen here during a press conference

After days tentative rebukes and a call for an ethics investigation, Democratic senators are beginning to call for Sen.

A woman is accusing Sen.

Lindsay Menz, 33, of Frisco, Texas, told CNN last month she was groped by Franken in 2010 at the Minnesota State Fair.

She says Franken told her of the attempted kiss "it's my right as an entertainer".

The woman, who spoke to Politico, claims the Minnesota Democrat pursued her after her boss had left and she was collecting her things.

Their calls came after Politico reported that another woman, which it did not name, alleged that Franken tried to kiss her against her will after a broadcast of the radio show that Franken was hosting in 2006.

"Enough is enough. The women who have come forward are fearless and I believe them". Kamala Harris (D-CA), one of a group of women who issued statements at about the same time on Wednesday morning about Franken.


At least six women have come forward in recent weeks alleging Franken forcibly kissed them or groped them in the past.

Franken said in a statement to Politico that the allegation is "categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous".

The developments left Franken in an increasingly hard position; the Minnesota Senator has shrugged off calls for his resignation, offering up apologies to women who came forward with their stories.

Stephanie Kremplin, a U.S. Army veteran, told CNN Franken cupped her breast during a photo opportunity when he was visiting American troops in the Middle East with the USO in December 2003.

Hawaiian Senator Mazie Hirono joined the chorus of female lawmakers who condemned Franken and said he should remove himself from office. "I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation", said the senator to Politico.

For his part, Franken has apologized for the earlier incidents, but has shown no signs of plans to give up his seat.



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