Sen. Al Franken to colleagues: Please probe me

"I said something like, 'Relax Al, this isn't SNL...we don't need to rehearse the kiss'". 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".

The incident - which she said happened in December 2006 - happened when the two were on a USO tour together.

"I had locked up those memories of helplessness and violation for a long time, but they all came rushing back to me and my hands clinched into fists like it was yesterday", Tweeden said.

Democratic Sen. Al Franken (Minn.) said Thursday that he supports calls for an investigation into the allegation that he groped and kissed a woman without her consent in 2006.

Tweeden published her account on Thursday, and it includes a picture of Franken groping Tweeden after she fell asleep while wearing a helmet and flak vest. "It wasn't until I was back in the United States and looking through the CD of photos we were given by the photographer that I saw this one", Tweeden says of the photo, which shows Franken grinning, his hands on Tweeden's clothed breasts.

While riffing on ideas involving Rooney finding an empty bottle of sedatives in his desk, Franken suggested Rooney say he had used the drugs to sedate and rape fellow "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl.

Franken's statement about Tweeden's accusations this week suggest an apparent about-face.

US senator Al Franken apologises after accusation of groping
Capitol Hill consumed by sexual harassment issue

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling for an ethics investigation and Franken, surprisingly, offering his full participation.

Franken apologized to Tweeden in a statement but said that he does not "remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way".

"This is happening to women who have no power and no way to speak up", she said at a press conference. She also said he groped her while she was asleep, providing photographic evidence. Sen.

Tweeden went on to say that she "felt disgusted and violated". "It isn't amusing. It's completely inappropriate", he said.

Franken was a well-known American comedian before he was elected to the US Senate in 2008 as a Democrat from Minnesota. "I shouldn't have done it", Franken added.

She added that she had been inspired to come forward in part by California Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who spoke on 790 KABC about her own experience being forcibly kissed by a superior when she was a young Congressional aide. "I hope the Democratic Leader will join me on this", McConnell said. And they deserve to know that I am their ally and supporter. "Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable - in the workplace or anywhere else".

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