Seventh woman accuses Al Franken of trying to kiss her


Sen. Al Franken's support among his fellow Democrats is cratering as a host of female Democratic senators Wednesday called upon him to resign.

And it wasn't only women in the Senate, as Sen.

When she fled the room, Franken told her, "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.

"Enough is enough. The women who have come forward are fearless and I believe them".

Hirono in a statement to TPM said she "struggled with this decision" because she considers Franken a "friend", but said she couldn't excuse his behavior. 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.

"This allegation is categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous", Franken said. One former colleague said the woman told her in 2006 and the other said she was told in 2009 or 2010.

Mr Franken, a former Saturday Night Live comedian, has been accused of groping and sexually harassing seven women, including a U.S. military veteran. He is now under a Senate ethics review for his behavior, which he said he will "fully" cooperate with.

Murray's backing is significant because she's a member of Democratic leadership and is the highest ranking woman in the Senate.

A seventh woman has come forward today to accuse Senator Al Franken of sexual misconduct, alleging the Minnesota lawmaker tried to forcibly kiss her in 2006. She released a photo with her statement, that appears to show Franken grabbing toward her chest while she slept.

Franken is now cooperating with an ethics committee investigation of his behavior related to several previous allegations of sexual misconduct.

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