Senator Al Franken has released another statement in light of the two additional accusers who have come forward with claims about how he sexually harassed them.
Four women have spoken out about the senator’s inappropriate behavior throughout the years, and Franken is facing increased blowback from his constituents in Minnesota and various political observers. Due to these new allegations, Franken issued a statement to Star Tribune where he apologized and said he would try to regain the trust of Minnesota:
“I’ve met tens of thousands of people and taken thousands of photographs, often in crowded and chaotic situations. I’m a warm person; I hug people. I’ve learned from recent stories that in some of those encounters, I crossed a line for some women — and I know that any number is too many.
Some women have found my greetings or embraces for a hug or photo inappropriate, and I respect their feelings about that. I’ve thought a lot in recent days about how that could happen, and recognize that I need to be much more careful and sensitive in these situations.
I feel terribly that I’ve made some women feel badly and for that I am so sorry, and I want to make sure that never happens again.
And let me say again to Minnesotans that I’m sorry for putting them through this and I’m committed to regaining their trust.”
Franken’s misconduct scandal began after radio host Leeann Tweeden recalled her negative experience with him during a USO tour. Since Tweeden’s story came out, three women have followed up be recounting the times when Franken touched them improperly as well.
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