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Al Franken Issues New Apology, Acknowledges He 'Crossed a Line'

Al Franken Issues New Apology, Acknowledges He 'Crossed a Line'

Al Franken is speaking out in a new apology after being accused of sexual misconduct by several women.

The Senator from Minnesota has received support over the past week from his former Saturday Night Live co-stars, who expressed that they never experienced any form of harassment from Franken.

In the new apology, Franken says that he’s a “warm person” who likes to “hug people,” but now he realizes he “crossed a line for some women.”

“I’ve met tens of thousands of people and taken thousands of photographs, often in crowded and chaotic situations,” Franken said in the statement (via Associated Press). “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,” he continued. “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.”

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  • gwen

    At first he didn’t recall the incidents now he is just a “warm person” that likes to “hug people” and he “crossed a line for some women”. That very weak apology is not the same as admitting what he did for years was disgusting and degrading and taking responsibility for it.

  • Ash

    Too little too late perv! You are done.

  • Yamdevyam Yam

    Wow I always thought that he was a gentleman . I had no idea that he was a freak and a deviant

  • disqus_KwgiMZNJ54

    I hate half apologies. Just say it. Just say it!! “I’m an asshole for touching women who don’t want to be touched.”

  • http://eternalozzie.com/ eternalozzie

    this guy has little to apologize for. nothing he did even comes close to being sexual assault and barely qualifies as harassment. the internet fake outragers are out of control.

  • Mercyneal

    What are you talking about? Four women have come forward and said they grabbed them. Two were at Democratic events. What planet are you on? Get real

  • Mercyneal

    He’s a weirdo. Got married way too young. Wife is a self described recovering alcoholic and he seems not happy

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