Woman who accused Franken says she accepts his apology

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Tweeden said what happened to her as she slept on the military plane was not amusing, which Franken said was his intention at the time of the incident. She writes that Franken repeatedly insisted they rehearse the kissing scene despite her protests. A compilation clip of her time on the tour depicts her roughing it with the troops, and it even shows one soldier singing "Fly Me to the Moon" to the former model. "I walked away. All I could think about was getting to a bathroom as fast as possible to rinse the taste of him out of my mouth". "And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed".

With the support of her colleagues and her family - and the media impulse since the case of Harvey Weinstein - Tweeden has chose to speak "not just because 2017 is not 2006, or because I am much more secure in my career now than I was then, and not because I'm still angry".

Tweeden told The Associated Press that Franken wrote a skit for the pair that was filled with "sexual innuendo", and that he had brought a woman's thong as a prop that he waved around during their performance.

The alleged incidents happened before Franken was elected to the Senate in 2008 and was seated in 2009 following a recount.

Franken issued a short statement after the story gained national traction, and later put out a longer one in which he apologized and said he was wrong to pose for a photo with his hands on Tweeden's chest as she slept on a C-17 cargo plane. Senators dig into election security Feinstein: Sessions should re-testify on Russian Federation meetings MORE (D-Minn.) of sexual misconduct said Thursday she accepts his apology. As to the photo, it was clearly meant to be amusing but wasn't.

"I respect women. I don't respect men who don't".

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".

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"I expect to hear more from Sen".

Others who have also expressed their support for investigations: Sen. I'm telling my story because there may be others (.) I want the days of silence to be over forever.

She said she felt "disgusted and violated" but didn't report it because "we were in the middle of a war zone" and "I didn't want to cause trouble".

The incidents described by Tweeden took place before Franken took public office, though the allegations have prompted several senators to call for the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate the matter. "Maybe I can be somebody's Jackie Speier, and they can tell their story in real time".

Franken has apologized and says he'll cooperate with an ethics investigation.

"I believe the Ethics Committee should review the matter", he said in a brief statement, calling the claims "credible". Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) if she believed the woman who stepped forward on Thursday accusing Franken of groping and kissing her during a USO Tour in 2006, the NY senator replied: "I do". I hope the Democratic Leader will join me on this. "Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable-in the workplace or anywhere else".

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