It was made public Wednesday that two more women came forward saying they were sexually harassed by U.S. Senator Al Franken in the past, prompting the senator to release a statement Thursday.
Here's Franken's full statement:
I’ve met tens of thousands of people and taken thousands of photographs, often in crowded and chaotic situations. I’m a warm person; I hug people. I’ve learned from recent stories that in some of those encounters, I crossed a line for some women — and I know that any number is too many. Some women have found my greetings or embraces for a hug or photo inappropriate, and I respect their feelings about that. I’ve thought a lot in recent days about how that could happen, and recognize that I need to be much more careful and sensitive in these situations. 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. And let me say again to Minnesotans that I’m sorry for putting them through this and I’m committed to regaining their trust.
The women made their claims known this evening to the Huffington Post.
Both women are remaining anonymous.
One says Franken groped her while she posed for a picture with him in 2007 at an event hosted by the Minnesota Women's Political Caucus in Minneapolis.
The other accuser says Franken touched her buttocks at a 2008 Democratic fundraiser in Minneapolis.
In a statement to the Huffington Post, Franken says, "It's difficult to respond to anonymous accusers, and I don't remember those campaign events."
Franken has already been laying low this week following two other allegations.
Leeann Tweeden says he forcibly kissed her during a 2006 USO tour.
Lindsay Menz says the senator squeezed her buttocks while posing for a photo at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair.