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Al Franken, Battling for His Political Life, Apologizes for Groping

Al Franken, Battling for His Political Life, Apologizes for Groping”

A week-and-a-half after the first of four allegations of sexual misconduct against DFL Sen.

"I am ashamed of that photo", he told Minnesota Public Radio. "I am going to try to learn from my mistakes", Mr. Franken told reporters.

"I know I'm going to have to be much more conscious in these circumstances, much more careful, much more sensitive, and that this will not happen again going forward". Franken has denied propositioning a woman to go to the bathroom and said it was "difficult to respond to anonymous accusers".

Having acknowledged virtually nothing, Franken concluded, "I want to be someone who adds something to this conversation".

"This has been a shock to me".

Franken also announced that he would cooperate with the Senate Ethics Committee probe, which is also not new. Al Franken has repeatedly apologized after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment.

Franken's statement comes amid a series of groping allegations against him. Lindsay Menz said Franken grabbed her butt during a 2010 photo at the Minnesota State Fair - a claim that he did not dispute but said he does not "remember" because he takes thousands of photos.

"She. didn't have any ability to consent", he said. Tweeden also released a photo in which Franken appeared to place his hands over her breasts while she was sleeping.

Since the accusations surfaced, a handful of Minnesota Democrats and two national liberal groups have called on Franken to step down. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) suggested that Franken should consider resigning. "I know I have a lot of work to do to regain the trust of people I've let down".

"I think the accusations against him, many of which he's admitted, are horrifying but at this point he is going to be before the ethics committee and I would say in fairness for the things he's already admitted to, I find to be outrageous and offensive, and on that alone he should consider resigning", the Florida Republican told CBS Miami Sunday.

Yesterday you were unable to answer the question of whether more women would be coming out with allegations.

Sen. Al Franken is finally speaking up. Last week, his aides said he was "spending time with his family and doing a lot of reflecting".

The Huffington Post reported the claims of two women whose names were not disclosed. Can one credibly apologize for acts without acknowledging they occurred? And he says he never intentionally grabbed or squeezed a woman's buttocks. And he underscored that he has stood for pictures with thousands of people.

"On the kiss at the rehearsal - we were rehearsing for a sketch - I said that I recall that differently from Leeann, but I feel that you have to respect women's experience, and so I apologized to her, and I meant it".

"From these stories it's been clear that there are some women - and one is too many - who feel that I have done something disrespectful or that's hurt them".



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