I'm not going to make any excuses. She says it shows then-comedian Al Franken, who is now a U.S. Senator, groping her.
"Well, I think I'm a good questioner and the questions that I am asking don't go to my credibility". I said "OK" so he would stop badgering me. "I want to be a better man". The Minnesota senator also said that he did not intend to resign over the controversy, which include allegations of inappropriate touching and forcible kissing.
"This has been a shock to me".
The accusations began on November 16, when Los Angeles radio host Leeann Tweeden-who was with Franken in 2006 entertaining troops stationed overseas for a USO show-released a photograph that appeared to show Franken grabbing her breasts while she was asleep and wearing protective military gear. Tweeden also posted a photo of Franken smiling for the camera as he held his hands above her chest while she slept wearing a flak vest aboard a military plane on the same tour.
"I apologized to her and meant it and she was gracious enough to accept my apology", Franken said during the WCCO interview.
Murphy pressed Franken about several allegations he inappropriately touched women's butts while posing for photos. One woman said Franken groped her in 2007 during a photo at the Minnesota Women's Political Caucus.
"She. didn't have any ability to consent", he said.
She claims she was left "disgusted and violated" when Franken aggressively kissed her during a rehearsal for a skit.
The editorial board said Franken, despite his vows to do so, may not be able to gain back the trust of his constituents. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) suggested that Franken should consider resigning.
A Senate ethics investigation to review the allegations was swiftly opened-a step Franken said he welcomed.
"I know that I've let a lot of people down", Franken told reporters at a press conference on his first day back in the Senate since radio host Leeann Tweeden accused him of forcibly kissing her and groping her while she was asleep during a USO tour in 2006, before Franken took office.
Franken said he will be back doing Senate work Monday and he pledged to fight the GOP tax bill and continue being an active participant in Senate hearings.
"If you had asked me two weeks ago would any woman come forward with an allegation like this I would have said no", he said. Franken said that he did not remember taking the picture but added that he felt "badly" that Menz felt "disrespected". Tweeden accused Franken of unwanted sexual advances.
Senator Franken is not up for re-election until 2020, more than two years away. The apologies issued by Franken range in length and content, however there is one very disturbing trend that each of them has in common.
He said he does not recall groping and said he "would never intentionally" squeeze or grope a woman but often hugs people.