>> A woman on Thursday accused Minnesota Senator Al Franken of groping her while she slept and forcing a kiss on her in 2006. In a tweet, radio broadcaster, Leeann Tweeden said, I've decided it's time to tell my story. The tweet included an image that shows Franken's hands on a flack jacket that covered Tweeden's breasts.
>> He was kind of smirking and smiling like, hey, look at me.>> In a press conference, Tweeden also detailed her account of an unwanted kiss when Franken was still a comedian. And the two were preparing to perform a skit he wrote before US troops in the Middle East.
>> He's like, well, we need to practice the kissing scene, and I'm like, yeah, okay, whatever, and I just sort of blew him off. And he just kept persisting, and it just reminded me of the Harvey Weinstein tape. Just persistent and badgering and just relentless. And so, I was just like, okay, fine, just so he would shut up, you know?
And he mashed his face against me, I mean, it happened so fast. And he just mashed his lips against my face and he stuck his tongue in my mouth so fast. And I said, if you ever do that to me again, I'm not going to be so nice about it the second time.
>> In a statement, Al Franken said, quote, I certainly don't remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way. But I send my sincerest apologies to Leanne. As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny, but wasn't, I shouldn't have done it. Reuters was unable to independently verify Tweeden or Franken's accounts.
Senate Democrats and Republicans called for the Ethics Committee to review the case, and Franken said he would cooperate. Tweeden's allegations come amid outrage over numerous reports of sexual misconduct by powerful men from Hollywood to Capital Hill.