Al Franken Admits He 'Crossed A Line'

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Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota admitted he "crossed a line" interacting with some female acquaintances during "greetings and embraces for a hug or photo."

"I'm a warm person; I hug people," Franken said, Fox News reports. "I've learned from recent stories that in some of these encounters, I crossed a line for some women -- and I know that any number is too many."

Franklin then apologized for his behavior.

"I feel terribly that I've made some women feel badly and for that I am so sorry, and I want to make sure that never happens again," he added.

Four women have accused of Franken of inappropriately touching them while taking photos, HuffPost reports.

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One says Franken harassed her at an event honoring women and called the senator a "a serial groper."

"People are saying that this is a right-wing conspiracy," said one of the women, who chose to remain anonymous. "It’s not. I’m a liberal person ... I voted for him after this happened."

"Men should be held to the same standards regardless of their politics," she added. "He’s an imperfect messenger for a progressive platform. He can’t claim to be 'for women' and also grope them."

Minnesota resident Lindsay Menz and Los Angeles radio and TV host Leeann Tweeden also made similar allegations.

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On Nov. 20, Menz accused Franken of touching her buttock while posing for a picture at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.

Before that, Los Angeles radio and TV host Leeann Tweeden said Franken forcibly kissed her during a 2006 USO Tour.

"I immediately pushed him away with both of my hands against his chest and told him if he ever did that to me again I wouldn't be so nice about it the next time," Tweeden said, reports NBC. "I felt disgusted and violated."

Franken was also photographed pretending to touch the ex-Playboy model's breasts while she slept.

A third woman said Franken cupped her butt with his hand at a 2008 Democratic fundraiser, before suggesting the two go to the bathroom together.

"My immediate reaction was disgust," the woman said. "But my secondary reaction was disappointment. I was excited to be there and to meet him. And so to have that happen really deflated me. It felt like: 'Is this really the person who is going to be in a position of power to represent our community?'"

Franken denies part of her claim.

"I can categorically say that I did not proposition anyone to join me in any bathroom," he said.

Sources: Fox News, HuffPost, NBC News / Featured Image: John Taylor/Flickr / Embedded Images: Jonathunder/Wikimedia Commons, Pfc Christopher Grammer/Wikimedia Commons

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