The allegations against Franken began in mid-November when Los Angeles radio anchor Leeann Tweeden accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour.
The former aide, a longtime Democrat, said she told other friends about the incident with Franken following the publication of the "Access Hollywood" tape in which President Donald Trump boasted about grabbing women's genitals, claiming that "when you're a star, they let you do it".
Six US Democratic senators have called on Senator Al Franken to resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct. "It was very quick and I think my brain had to work really hard to be like 'Wait, what is happening?' But I knew whatever was happening was not right and I ducked", the aide said in an interview with Politico. "I was really startled by it and I just sort of booked it towards the door and he said, 'It's my right as an entertainer'".
Franken already faced a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into previous claims by several other women that he groped them or sought to forcibly kiss them. She also released a photo of Franken grinning and reaching for her chest, as if to grope her, while she slept on a military aircraft during the tour.
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In this latest accusation, Politico says that two former colleagues of the woman independently corroborated her version of events, including Franken telling her he had the right to try to kiss her because he was "an entertainer".
The double standard is not only coming from Democrats, but also from a left-leaning national media that seems eager to dismiss each of Franken's seven accusers even as they obsess over Conyers and - of course - Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. "I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation", said the senator to Politico. He told Politico that the allegations by the woman who came forward Wednesday was "categorically not true".
Mr. Franken, a Democrat of Minnesota, has apologized for his behavior, but the senators said his admissions are not enough.