A former Democratic congressional aide claims Sen. Al Franken attempted to forcibly kiss her, according to a new report.
The unidentified accuser told Politico that the Minnesota Democrat made the unwanted move after a taping of his talk radio show in 2006 – three years before he was elected to the Senate.
“He was between me and the door and he was coming at me to kiss me. 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,” the woman told the news outlet.
“I was really startled by it and I just sort of booked it towards the door and he said, ‘It’s my right as an entertainer,’” the ex-aide claimed.
The woman, who was in her 20s at the time of the alleged incident and had never met Franken before, said the former “Saturday Night Live” star came onto her after her boss had left the studio.
Franken denied the accusation in a statement to Politico saying: “This allegation is categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous.”
Two ex-colleagues of the woman both independently corroborated her story to Politico, the site reports.
The Senate Ethics Committee is already investigating Franken over multiple allegations of sexual misconduct — including claims he groped both a soldier and a former Playboy model on a USO tour. Several other women have also accused the former funnyman of touching them inappropriately during campaign events.