MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Nearly two weeks after allegations of sexual misconduct, Sen. Al Franken is heading back to work.
“I’ve let a lot of people down,” Franken told a group of reporters outside his Senate office Monday.
It’s the first time Franken has stepped out publicly since radio anchor Leeann Tweeden first accused the senator of forcibly kissing her and taking a photo of himself groping her while she was asleep during a 2006 USO tour. Since she came forward, three other women say Franken grabbed their butts while taking photos with them in 2007, 2008 and 2010.
In an exclusive interview with WCCO Sunday, Franken apologized, but didn’t specifically deny the allegations.
“I can’t say that that hasn’t happened,” Franken said of the groping allegations Sunday. “I take thousands and thousands of pictures, sometimes in crowded and chaotic situations. I can’t say I haven’t done that, and I am very sorry if these women experienced that.”
The senator has spent the past 10 days with his wife in their daughter’s Washington, D.C. home, only releasing written statements of apology for the alleged events.
In the Senate, Franken said his focus will be the upcoming fight over the Republican tax bill and a push for stronger net neutrality regulations.