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

Franken - a Democrat - issued an apology.

"I hope and expect that the Ethics Committee will fully investigate this troubling incident, as they should with any credible allegation of sexual harassment", he said.

Speaking on her radio show Thursday morning, Tweeden said she didn't come forward with the allegations sooner because she feared her career, including a stint as a swimsuit model, would lead others to discount her story.

Franken, who was elected as a Democratic senator for Minnesota in 2009, responded to the accusations in a statement Thursday morning. Franken is shown grinning and staring at the camera while reaching out as if to grope Tweeden's breasts as she sleeps.

"I felt disgusted and violated".

Franken attended as a comedian and organizer of some shows to entertain the soldiers that Tweeden describes as "full of sexual innuendos geared toward a young, male audience". "Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated. How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it's amusing?" She had fallen asleep and a photographer captured an image of Franken acting as if he were touching her breasts.

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"While I don't remember the rehearsal for the skit as Leeann does, I understand why we need to listen to and believe women's experiences".

While riffing on ideas involving Rooney finding an empty bottle of sedatives in his desk, Franken suggested Rooney say he had used the drugs to sedate and rape fellow "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl. Tweeden resisted, but eventually said "ok" to get Franken to stop his insisting.

At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Tweeden explained that she didn't report the incidents because she didn't want to be the troublemaker. And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed. "What Sen. Franken did is wrong and regardless of political party, sexual harassmen and sexual abuse are unacceptable". "I said something like, 'Relax Al, this isn't SNL ... we don't need to rehearse the kiss'". "It isn't amusing. It's completely inappropriate", he said. Al Franken after allegations that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman in 2006.

"This incident was never reported to the USO", USO spokeswoman Ashley McLellan said in an email.

An article in the March 1995 issue of "New York" magazine contained a fly-on-the-wall account of Franken in the "Saturday Night Live" offices, where he worked as a comedy writer and performer for 15 years.

That list includes some of the greats in comedy: "Paul Lynde, Dom DeLuise, Rip Taylor, Danny Kaye, Charles Nelson Reilly and Rock Hudson-whom, I frankly don't think is that amusing".