Minnesota Democrat Sen. Al Franken's responses to allegations of badual harbadment have evolved as more accusers advance.
Two more women came forward on Wednesday, saying that Franken grabbed them in two separate events in Minnesota, bringing the total number of accusers to four. The four women say that Franken grabbed his butts or bads; one of the women, Leeann Tweeden, also accused Franken of forcibly kissing her while rehearsing a parody on an USO trip in 2006.
Franken's responses to the accusations against him have evolved from apologizing to women and making Emphasize that they should believe, now simply denying any memory of the events where the alleged beating occurred.
Franken initially offered a brief apology after Tweeden, the first accuser, presented her story and a picture showing Franken looking for Tweeden while she was sleeping on the USO trip.
"I certainly do not remember the rehearsal of the work in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann, as for the photo, it was clearly meant to be fun, but it was not, I should not have done it" said Franken.
After harsh criticism for that apology, which was criticized as inadequate, Franken issued a long apology that exceeded 400 words and emphasized that women "deserve to be heard and believed." :
The first thing I want to do is apologize: with Leeann, with all those who were part of that tour, with all those who have worked for me, with all the people I represent and with all those who have me with me. be an ally and supporter and champion of women. There's more I want to say, but first and foremost, and if it's the only thing you care about listening to, it's fine, it's: I'm sorry.
Respect for women. I do not respect men who do not. And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed.
But I also want to say something else. In recent months, all of us, including, and especially men who respect women, have been forced to observe our own actions and think (perhaps shamefully, for the first time) about how those actions have affected women.
For example, that image. I do not know what was in my head when I took that picture, and it does not matter. There is no excuse. I look at it now and I feel disgusted with myself. It's not funny. It is completely inappropriate. It is obvious how Leeann would feel violated by that image. And, what's more, I can see how millions of other women would feel violated: women who have had similar experiences in their own lives, women who fear having those experiences, women who admire me, women who have counted on me.
Coming from the world of comedy, I have told and written many jokes that I once thought were fun, but then I realized that they were simply offensive. But the intentions behind my actions are not the goal at all. It is the impact that these jokes had on others that matters. And I'm sorry that it took me so long to come to an agreement with that.
Although I do not remember the essay of the work, as Leeann does, I understand why we have to listen and believe in the experiences of women.  I am asking that an ethical investigation be undertaken, and I will gladly cooperate.
And the truth is that what people think of me in light of this is much less important than what people think of women who continue to move forward to tell their stories. They deserve to be heard and believed. And they deserve to know that I am their ally and follower. I left them and I have committed to compensate them.
The establishment's media praised Franken for the second apology and described him as responsible for his mistakes. (Actually, Franken only admitted half of Tweeden's accusations: he claimed he did not "remember" the parody in the same way as Tweeden)
When a second woman, Lindsay Menz, came forward to say that the senator had groped his bad in a photo shoot in 2010, Franken said he did not remember the image and expressed his remorse that Menz felt "disrespectful", but offered no apology.
"I take thousands of photos at the state fair surrounded by hundreds of people, and I certainly do not remember taking this photo." I feel bad because Ms. Menz came out of our interaction feeling disrespectful, "said Franken. (RELATED: A Definitive Collection of Creepy Al Franken Photos Groping Women)
After the third and fourth women showed up at HuffPost on Wednesday to say that Franken had seized their butts, the senator's response It was brief and expressed without remorse: "It is difficult to respond to anonymous accusers, and I do not remember those campaign events."