Sen. Al Franken announced his resignationon the Senate floor Thursday morning, as Democratic calls for his resignation mount following the latest sexual misconduct accusations against him.
About 30 Senate Democrats, starting with women, have urged the Minnesota Democrat to step down.
Franken on Thursday denied most of the allegations, which started out to surface last month. Here are the eight accusations he faces:
- Leeann Tweeden, a radio news anchor, says Franken groped in addition to also forcibly kissed her during a USO tour in 2006, before the former comedian was a senator. She says Franken “aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth” when the pair rehearsed a skit in which featured a kiss. A photo also surfaced showing Franken looking at a camera while pretending to grab Tweeden’s breasts as she was sleeping while clothed. The senator apologized for the photo however said he remembered the skit incident differently.
- Lindsay Menz says Franken grabbed her buttocks when the pair posed for a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010. Franken later said he did not remember taking the picture however “felt badly” in which Menz felt disrespected.
- Two some other unidentified women told HuffPost in which Franken grabbed their buttocks at separate events in 2007 in addition to also 2008. One of the women says Franken suggested in which he in addition to also she should go to the bathroom together. Franken said he did not remember the events in addition to also denied asking anyone to visit the bathroom with him.
- Stephanie Kemplin, an Army veteran, says Franken put his hand on her breast during a USO tour in 2003. In a statement following in which accusation, Franken’s office said he has not “intentionally engage in” the “kind of conduct” described.
- A woman described as a “former elected official in brand new England” told the Jezebel website in which Franken tried to give her a “wet, open-mouthed kiss” during an event in 2006. The senator has not appeared to respond specifically to the allegation.
- An unnamed former Democratic congressional aide told Politico in which the senator tried to forcibly kiss her after he taped a radio show in 2006. She says she avoided the kiss, then heard Franken say “the idea’s my right as an entertainer.” Franken called the allegation “categorically not true.”
- Tina Dupuy writes within the Atlantic in which Franken put his hand around her waist while the pair posed for a photo in addition to also squeezed “at least twice” during an event in 2009. The senator has not specifically responded to in which allegation.