Al Franken is all smiles posing for photos with students in Washington - a day after saying he was 'embarrassed' over groping allegations
- Al Franken posed for a photo with a group of Virginia students on Tuesday?
- Minnesota senator appeared to be walking down a corridor on Capitol Hill when the students ran up to him asking for a picture
- It comes a day after Franken faced the media after being hit with bombshell sexual misconduct allegations
- Three of his accusers said in the past week that Franken grabbed their buttocks while taking photos with them during campaign events?
Al Franken has been spotted smiling and posing for photos with a group of students in Washington DC - a day after he said he was learning from his mistakes after being hit with groping allegations.?
The Minnesota Democratic senator appeared to be walking down a corridor on Capitol Hill on Tuesday when a group of students from Virginia ran up asking for a photo.
Franken was filmed shaking hands with the students before they huddled together for the picture.?
It comes a day after Franken finally faced the media in DC for the first time since being hit with bombshell allegations about his conduct.?
The Minnesota Democratic senator appeared to be walking down a corridor on Capitol Hill on Tuesday when a group of students from Virginia ran up asking for a photo
Three of his accusers said in the past week that Franken grabbed their buttocks while taking photos with them during campaign events.
The first woman to come forward was Los Angeles radio news anchor Leeann Tweeden.?She released a photo this month showing the then-comedian Franken grinning while reaching out as if to grope her breasts as she slept on a military aircraft during a USO tour in 2006.
Franken told reporters that he doesn't remember two alleged groping incidents and recalls an alleged kissing incident 'differently' than his accuser Leeann Tweeden.
'I am going to try to learn from my mistakes,' he said on Monday.?
'I take a lot of pictures in Minnesota, thousands of pictures, meet tens of thousands of people. Those are instances that I do not remember,' he added about?one woman's claim that he grabbed her backside during a photograph at the Minnesota State Fair.?
Franken was filmed shaking hands with the group of Virginia students before they huddled together for the picture
Franken said he would not resign, even as other high-profile figures accused of harassment in recent weeks have lost their jobs.
'I know that I've let a lot of people down,' he said.?
'My colleagues, my staff, my supporters and everyone who has counted on me to be a champion for women. To all of you, I just want to again say I am sorry. I know there are know magic words I can say to regain your trust.'
Franken also spoke about the USO tour where Tweeden says he forcibly kissed her during a rehearsal for a comedy routine.
'On the kiss at the rehearsal we were rehearsing for a sketch. I said that I recalled that differently from Leanne. But I feel that you have to respect women's experience. And so I apologized to her and I meant it. And I was very grateful that she accepted it,' he said.?
It comes a day after Franken finally faced the media in DC for the first time since being hit with bombshell allegations about his conduct?
News anchor Leeann Tweeden released a photo showing Franken grinning while reaching out as if to grope her breasts as she slept on a military aircraft during a USO tour in 2006
Lindsay Menz was the second woman to claim that Franken groped her when the two took this picture at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010
In a blog entry about the experience, Tweeden wrote: 'We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth.'
Franken continued to apologize without saying he engaged in the conduct he is accused of.
'From these stories it's been clear that there are some women - and one is too many – who feel that I've done something disrespectful and that's hurt them and for that I am tremendously sorry,' he said.
'I know that I am going to have to be much more conscious when in these circumstances, much more careful, much more sensitive, and that this will not happen again going forward.
'It's going to take a long time for me to regain people's trust.'
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