Thirty-six Women Who Worked With Al Franken on 'SNL' Voice Their Support for the Senator

Signatures on the statement supporting Franken, included performers Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman, and many behind-the-scenes staff at 'Saturday Night Live'

This cover image released by Twelve Books shows "Al Franken: Giant of the Senate," by Al Franken.
This cover image released by Twelve Books shows "Al Franken: Giant of the Senate," by Al Franken.Credit: Twelve via AP

A group of women who worked alongside Al Franken on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” have signed a statement of support for the Minnesota senator.

Last week, broadcaster Leeann Tweeden accused Franken, a Democrat, of forcibly kissing her during a USO tour in 2006. Another woman says he placed his hand on her buttocks while posing for a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.

Thirty-six women signed the SNL statement supporting Franken, including performers Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman, and many behind-the-scenes staff.

The statement released Friday calls Franken’s conduct toward Tweeden “stupid and foolish,” but says the women know Franken as “a devoted and dedicated family man, a wonderful comedic performer, and an honorable public servant.” It says none of the women have ever experienced improper behavior from Franken.

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