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Franken: Doesn't remember forcing kiss on tour

Franken: Doesn't remember forcing kiss on tour

Whatever happens to Franken, between the left's reawakening to the allegations against Bill Clinton and the certainty that more big-name Democrats will be accused of sexual misconduct before 2020, it's a cinch that a woman will be on the party's next presidential ticket.

Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles-based news anchor, came forward with the allegations in an op-ed published by KABC radio on Thursday that detailed an encounter with Franken during a tour of the Middle East to entertain U.S. troops in 2006.

"I found myself extremely attracted to the vulnerable side of this sexy scientist, and when I offered to comfort her, she accepted, kissing me full on the lips and inserting her tongue into my mouth and moving it around suggestively", Franken wrote.

In a statement to Bustle, Franken says he does not remember the incident and that the photo was meant to be amusing.

She also shared a photo that appears to show Franken placing his hands over her breasts while posing for the camera. His office released a statement saying the photo was meant to be amusing, though he also offered his apologies.

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Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, offered Tweeden an apology in a statement released shortly after her post was published, saying he remembers the incident involving the kiss differently and that the groping was meant to be a joke but wasn't amusing.

The allegations against Franken came in the form of a personal essay by news anchor Leeann Tweeden published by her employer KABC, a Los Angles-based news radio station.

Tweeden also released a photo of her asleep on a military aircraft, wearing a flak jacket and a helmet.

The news comes as Franken is promoting a new book and seeing his star power rise as Democrats have begun to consider him as a possible challenger to President Trump in 2020. "I've had to live with this for 11 years", she said on-air.

Claire McCaskill of Missouri said she was "shocked and concerned" at the allegations. "It's obvious how Leeann would feel violated by that picture", he wrote. Other senators, including Democratic senators Kristen Gillibrand and Tammy Duckworth, spoke out about the incident and supported an ethics investigation into Sen.

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Speaking on CNN's "The Lead" with Jake Tapper on Thursday, Tweeden said that the incident, which occurred in 2006, before Franken was a senator, left her "so angry, I was in disbelief". MacDonald and Franken then were quoted going back and forth about Mike Wallace, another correspondent, also being one of Rooney's rape victims. "It isn't amusing. It's completely inappropriate", he said. He insisted that they kiss, Tweedan said, even when she said she didn't want to.

"People make mistakes", she replied. "I hope the Democratic Leader will join me on this", McConnell said.

She said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) inspired her to come forward with her story. Harassment and assault, he says, are completely unacceptable in the workplace or anywhere else.

In a second, lengthier statement on matter, Franken said sorry to Tweeden, his supporters and others.

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