Facing a surge of pressure from his female counterparts in the Senate, Sen. Al Franken has resigned amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
Franken, a Democratic junior senator from Minnesota, announced his resignation in an emotional appearance on the Senate floor on Thursday.
He has been accused of inappropriately touching seven women, including Leeann Tweeden, a morning news anchor on KABC radio in Los Angeles, who alleged last month that Franken groped and forcibly kissed her during a USO tour in 2006, before he became a senator. Tweeden, who released a photo of the former Saturday Night Live star apparently grabbing her breasts while she was sleeping, said she accepted Franken’s subsequent apology and didn’t think he had to step down.
But as more women came forward with misconduct allegations against Franken, 66, the Senate Ethics Committee launched an investigation into the second-term senator. On Wednesday, a seventh woman, a former Democratic congressional aide, alleged that Franken tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006. Franken has repeatedly apologized for his inappropriate behavior, which he said was unintentional but “crossed a line” for some women.
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