Al Franken apologizes for sexual misconduct, calls for investigation

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Al Franken forced her to kiss him several years ago when they were both in Afghanistan. The two toured together for the USO, and Franken was the show's headliner.

Franken was elected to the Senate in 2008.

Senator Al Franken meets with constituents at Minnesota Farmfest in Redwood County, Minnesota, US, August 6, 2014.

After an initial statement in which Franken apologized and said the photo showing him groping Tweeden was "intended to be amusing", the senator releases a second, longer statement apologizing and acquiescing to the calls for an ethics investigation. "He found me - with my back to him - and said hello".

Tweeden accompanied her accusations with a hashtag #MeToo, launched last month on Twitter by actress Alyssa Milano to support her colleague Rose McGowan's complaint against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was quick to call for an ethics committee probe into the allegations against Franken.

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The Latest on an allegation of sexual harassment against Minnesota Sen. "I hope the Democratic leader will join me on this".

Tweeden has worked as a model, television personality, and has appeared in men's magazines. At the time of the incident she was a correspondent for Fox Sports Net's Best Damn Sports Show Period.

Tweeden said Thursday that she was afraid to speak out when the incident happened out of fear of losing her job, explaining why she made a decision to come out with the allegations now.

Leeann Tweeden, a news anchor on KABC's "McIntyre in the Morning", said in a post on the station's website Thursday that Franken had written a skit for the USO tour in which they kissed, and he demanded that they rehearse the scene. "It wasn't until I was back in the U.S. and looking through the CD of photos we were given by the photographer that I saw this one", Tweeden says of the photo, which shows Franken grinning, his hands on Tweeden's clothed breasts. Then he said it again. And they deserve to know that I am their ally and supporter.

Tweeden said Franken continued to insist, causing her to grow uncomfortable.

Despite her need to report it, the anchor confesses she didn't do it because of the fear of reprisals and the consequences it could bring to her career. "I'm not asking for him to step down for senator. if someone else calls for that, but that's not what I'm asking". But on the day of the show, Tweeden wrote, she was alone with Franken backstage when he told her, "We need to rehearse the kiss". "At that moment, I thought to myself, Al Franken did that exact same thing to me". The host says Franken posed for a photo with his hands on her breasts as she slept.