'Embarrassed and Ashamed,' Sen. Al Franken Back to Work as Groping Allegations Mount

Franken aims to 'be a better man' and 'add to public conversation' after photo of him groping a sleeping woman surfaces

Sen. Al Franken listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, as FBI Director James Comey testified before the committee on oversight of the FB on May 3, 2017
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Minnesota Senator Al Franken says he's "embarrassed and ashamed" amid sexual misconduct allegations, but says he plans to continue his work in Congress.

The Democrat says he'll return to work Monday after spending the holiday with his supportive wife and family. Franken missed votes after the first accusations were made public.

Franken tells Minnesota Public Radio he's trying to handle allegations "in a way that adds to an important conversation." He says his goal is "to be a better public servant and a better man."

Los Angeles radio news anchor Leann Tweeden released a photo showing the then-comedian reaching out, as if to grope her, while she slept on a military aircraft in 2006. Franken says the photo is "inexcusable."

Three other women say Franken grabbed their buttocks during photos ops. Franken says that isn't something he'd intentionally do.