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Former Dem staffer accuses Al Franken of forcing a kiss - said it was his 'right as an entertainer'
7, if you're keeping count.
Oh dear. Al Franken may have another reason to be "embarrassed and ashamed" this morning, as The Politico is reporting that yet another woman has come forward with an eerily familiar story regarding Franken's unwanted advances. This time, the incident took place in 2006 when Al Franken was hosting a radio show for the ill-fated 'Air America' radio network.
According to the report, Franken trapped a congressional aide in his office and attempted to force himself upon her - then said doing so was his "right as an entertainer."
As the worst website in the world reports:
A former Democratic congressional aide said Al Franken tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006, three years before he became a U.S. senator.
The aide, whose name POLITICO is withholding to protect her identity, said Franken (D-Minn.) pursued her after her boss had left the studio. She said she was gathering her belongings to follow her boss out of the room. When she turned around, Franken was in her face.
The former staffer ducked to avoid Franken’s lips. As she hastily left the room, she said, Franken told her: “It’s my right as an entertainer.”
“He was between me and the door and he was coming at me to kiss me. It was very quick and I think my brain had to work really hard to be like ‘Wait, what is happening?’ But I knew whatever was happening was not right and I ducked,” the aide said in an interview. “I was really startled by it and I just sort of booked it towards the door and he said, ‘It’s my right as an entertainer.’”
In case you've lost count, this is the 7th woman to tell a similar story about Franken's "aggressive" ways.
In previous cases, Franken has said he's embarrassed and ashamed of the incidents, though he either remembers them differently or doesn't remember them at all. So, he hasn't been entirely certain that the things he's ashamed and embarrassed about actually happened.
This time, Franken has released a statement claiming he's 100% sure that he didn't do anything wrong.
"This allegation is categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous. I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation."