Democratic senators are asking Minnesota Sen. Al Franken to resign after a seventh woman came forward with an allegation of sexual harassment on Dec. 6. Franken's office said he would make announcement on Dec. 7.
The most recent allegation involved an unidentified woman who told Politico that Franken forcibly kissed her after a taping of his radio show in 2006, three years before he took a seat in the Senate.
The woman was in her mid-20s at the time of the incident and had never met Franken before. She was packing up her things to follow her boss out of the studio. As she turned to leave, the former "Saturday Night Live" performer was right in her face.
"He was between me and the door and he was coming at me to kiss me," the woman recounted. "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."
As the woman bolted toward the door, the senator reportedly remarked, "It's my right as an entertainer."
Franken denied the accusation in a statement to Politico.
"This allegation is categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous," the senator defended. "I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation."
But Democratic senators think Franken should step down before the ethics investigation is complete. Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York was among the first to speak out, according to CNN.
"...While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, 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," she wrote in a Dec. 6 Facebook post.
As of the morning of Dec. 7, 13 female and 19 male Democratic senators and Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine called for Franken to resign.
Democratic Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York has not yet commented on the issue. The Chairman of the Democratic National committee, however, sides with the senators wanting Franken's exit.
"Sen. Al Franken should step down," wrote the DNC leader, Thomas Perez, on Twitter. "Everyone must share the responsibility of building a culture of trust and respect for women in every industry and workplace, and that includes our party."