Another female accuser has come forward with a story accusing Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) of sexual misconduct.
According to a Politico report Wednesday, the woman — a former Democratic congressional aide who wished to remain anonymous — said that the alleged incident occurred in 2006, prior to Franken becoming a U.S. senator.
What did the woman say?
The woman alleged that Franken tried to forcibly kiss her after an episode of his radio show.
She said that she was there with her boss, who had just left the studio. The woman added that she was in the process of gathering her personal belongings when Franken appeared.
“He was between me and the door and he was coming at me to kiss me,” the woman told the outlet. “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.”
She said she was “startled” by the occurrence and was able to break away from Franken.
“I just sort of booked it toward the door,” the woman added, “And he said, ‘It’s my right as an entertainer.'”
The woman said she did not respond to his comment.
According to Politico, two of the former aide’s colleagues were able to independently corroborate the accusation.
Did Franken respond?
In a statement to Politico, Franken vehemently denied the accusation.
“This allegation is categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous,” Franken said. “I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation.”
In recent weeks, at least seven women have alleged that the senator groped them or touched them inappropriately.
On Wednesday, several Democratic senators have tweeted or posted that Franken should “step aside” or resign.