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Multiple Democratic senators call on Al Franken to resign after latest allegation

A dozen of his Democratic colleagues have called on him to resign, after a 7th woman accused him of sexual harassment.
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UPDATE 11:30 a.m. – The office of Al Franken has said he will be making an announcement on Thursday.

A dozen of Al Franken's fellow Democratic senators have called on him to resign after a seventh woman publicly accused him of inappropriate behavior.

Politico reports the woman, who has remained anonymous but was a former Democratic congressional aide, says Franken tried to forcibly kiss her following a radio show taping in 2006.

Unlike some of the other accusations of sexual misconduct, to which Franken has said he remembers the situations differently from his accusers, the Minnesota senator has said the latest allegation is "categorically not true," according to Politico.

The woman claims he pursued her as he tried to kiss her, telling her, "It's my right as an entertainer."

Franken on Wednesday told CNBC that the idea he would claim this "is preposterous."

He said he looks forward to cooperating with the ethics committee investigation into his conduct which launched last week. 

Democrats call on him to resign

Now though, he's under pressure to resign from prominent female Democrats.

A dozen senators so far on Wednesday – including California's Kamala Harris, New York's Kirsten Gillebrand and Wisconsin's Tammy Baldwin – have called on him to step down.

Tom Perez, leader of the Democratic National Committee, also says he should resign.

The latest allegation and subsequent pressure on Franken to resign comes as Time magazine named "The Silence Breakers" — those who have come forward with their stories about being victims of sexual harassment — as its 2017 Person of the Year.

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