Accuser: Franken said it was his 'right' to kiss me

Sen. Al Franken D-Minn. listens during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on several nominees on Wednesday Nov. 29 2017

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Additionally, another woman has accused Franken of grabbing her breast during a photo op in 2006 - which is what numerous other women have accused the senator of doing. "It's going to take a long time for me to regain people's trust, but I hope that starting work today that I can start to do that".

Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire issued a statement Wednesday calling on Franken to resign.

"I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn't acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve", Gillibrand said. Al Franken to resign following more allegations of sexual misconduct. When she tried to avoid him, she claims he told her: "It's my right as an entertainer".

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A total of seven women have come forward to accuse Franken of sexual misconduct.

There are 16 female Democrats in the Senate. "It's time for him to step aside".

Mr Franken, a former Saturday Night Live comedian, has been accused of groping and sexually harassing seven women, including a USA military veteran. LA radio host Leeann Tweeden was the first to come forward, alleging the congressman aggressively kissed her when the two were rehearsing for a skit while on a USO tour in 2006 and groping her while she was sleeping. He's repeatedly promised to "cooperate completely" with any investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee into his past behavior.

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Franken denied the accusation in a statement to Politico, adding, "the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous".

Franken has said he is "ashamed" by the allegations, but has not admitted to knowingly behaving badly, and apologized to the women who have felt disrespected by his behavior.

Then last week, 41-year-old Army veteran Stephanie Kemplin, of Maineville, Ohio, told CNN Franken groped her in Kuwait during a 2003 USO tour, before Franken was a senator.

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Mr Franken has apologised to his accusers, but disputes some claims.

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