Warren: Franken allegations 'unacceptable and deeply disappointing'

Warren: Franken allegations 'unacceptable and deeply disappointing'
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDemocrats redefine center as theirs collapses Massachusetts Democrats question deployment of Border Patrol teams to sanctuary cities Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage MORE (D-Mass.) on Thursday chastised Democratic colleague Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenAl Franken blasts Susan Collins: She'll let Trump 'get away with anything' Bill Press: Don't forget about Amy Key moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far MORE (Minn.) after a woman accused him of groping and kissing her without her consent.

"The behavior reported today is unacceptable and deeply disappointing," Warren said in a statement, joining a number of other Democrats in condemning the reported behavior.

"I am glad Senator Franken has acknowledged as much and has agreed to cooperate with an ethics investigation. Women who come forward are brave and deserve to be respected," Warren continued.

"We're not going to fix the problems of sexual harassment and assault until men take responsibility for their actions and change their behavior." 


Her remarks came after Franken issued an apology to Leeann Tweeden, a radio anchor, who said the former "Saturday Night Live" writer groped her in December 2006 while she was sleeping when returning from a USO tour overseas.

Tweeden also said that Franken forcibly kissed her as the two were alone rehearsing for a USO skit.

“The first thing I want to do is apologize: to Leeann, to everyone else who was part of that tour, to everyone who has worked for me, to everyone I represent, and to everyone who counts on me to be an ally and supporter and champion of women," Franken, who entered office in 2009, said in a statement apologizing for the incident.

Franken also joined Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump declares war on hardworking Americans with new budget request The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in Overnight Health Care: Nevada union won't endorse before caucuses after 'Medicare for All' scrap | McConnell tees up votes on two abortion bills | CDC confirms 15th US coronavirus case MORE (R-Ky.) and a list of other lawmakers across the aisle who have called for an ethics investigation following Tweeden's allegations.

Tweeden has since said she accepts Franken's apology.