A former Democratic congressional aide is accusing Sen. Al Franken of sexual misconduct – forcibly attempting to kiss her 11 years ago, Politico reported Wednesday.
In a statement, the Minnesota Democrat denied the most recent accusation against him.
The unidentifed former aide said the incident occurred after a taping of Franken’s radio show, before he was a senator, Politico said.
“‘It’s my proper as an entertainer,'” the woman says Franken informed her after she prevented his kiss.
In a statement, Franken stated: “This allegation is categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my own right as an entertainer is preposterous. I anticipate totally cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation.”
Franken is certainly among multiple users of Congress who’ve faced harassment accusations recently amid a nationwide reckoning over sexual misconduct. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., stepped down Tuesday after more than 50 years in Congress pursuing previous staffers’ allegations of misconduct.
Time magazine in Wednesday named “The Silence Breakers” – those who have come forwards with their stories about getting victims of pervasive sexual harassment – as 2017 Person of the entire year.
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