The senator added that although he has a different recollection of rehearsals for the skit, "I understand why we need to listen to and believe women's experiences".
Tweeden described the harassment as being part of a script for a USO skit where Franken wrote where he's supposed to kiss her. Franken, a veteran of numerous USO shows since 1999, had billed the tour as being "in the tradition of Bob Hope".
"I didn't socialize with him, I didn't talk to him for the rest of the tour", Tweeden told reporters.
Tweeden shared her story - accompanied with a photo of the alleged groping - on the website of KABC, a Los Angeles radio station where she works as a morning news anchor.
On the tour's flight back to the United States, Franken groped Tweeden's breasts while she was asleep - an act Tweeden discovered afterwards when she saw a photograph.
Franken has said that he has no idea what was going through his head when the photo was taken and that it makes him feel "disgusted". Franken decided their characters would kiss and "mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth", Tweeden writes. "You forcibly kissed me without my consent, grabbed my breasts while I was sleeping and had someone take a photo of you doing it, knowing I would see it later, and be ashamed".
"I certainly don't remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann", Franken says.
The Associated Press contributed this report. It isn't amusing. It's completely inappropriate.
An article in the March 1995 issue of "New York" magazine contained a fly-on-the-wall account of Franken in the "Saturday Night Live" offices, where he worked as a comedy writer and performer for 15 years. "I have let them down and am committed to making it up to them". I am glad Senator Franken has acknowledged as much and has agreed to cooperate with an ethics investigation. "I shouldn't have done it", Franken added.
"I respect women I don't respect men who don't".
"He walked up to me, found me in a room, and said hello to me and I was very cold to him", she said. "Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable - in the workplace or anywhere else", he said.
Democrats throughout the morning weighed in with disappointment toward Franken and calls for an Ethics Committee investigation.
"He had a chance to apologize to me then, because he knew - he knew exactly what he did to me then and that picture was out there", she said".