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Timeline of Franken sexual misconduct allegations

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Oct. 18, 2017. Tom Brenner / copyright 2017 The New York Times

ST. PAUL — Here are some key dates in U.S. Sen. Al Franken's sexual misconduct allegations:

Nov. 16: Los Angeles radio host says Franken forced a kiss on her during a 2006 USO tour in the Middle East. She also posted online a photo showing Franken's hands above her breasts. Franken apologized for the photo, but said he did not remember the kiss incident like the radio host. The senator begins spending time out of the public eye with family, which lasted for about a week and a half.

Nov. 17: The first of several letters released from women who worked with Franken expressing support for him. Eventually letters came from employees in his Senate office and co-workers at "Saturday Night Live."

Nov. 20: CNN reports Lindsay Menz said Franken held her buttocks during a 2010 photo at the Minnesota State Fair. Franken says he does not recall it.

Nov. 23: The Huffington Post says two women, which the website did not name, claim Franken touched their buttocks during a 2007 campaign events. Franken says he did not remember the events.

Nov. 26 and 27: Franken talks to several Minnesota reporters, saying he was ashamed of his actions, but says he does not recall most of them.

Nov. 27: Franken returns to his Senate work and tells Washington reporters that he will attempt to regain people's trust.

Nov. 30: Army veteran Stephanie Kemplin of Ohio says Franken touched her breast during a 2003 USO tour. Another woman, not publicly identified, claims Franken gave her an unwanted kiss onstage in 2006.

Dec. 6: A woman tells Politico that Franken tried to kiss her after her boss appeared on his radio show. She claims he said, "It's my right an an entertainer." Franken denies her story. The article set off a series of calls among Democrats for Franken's resignation. Also, a woman writes in The Atlantic that Franken groped her in 2009.

Dec. 7: Franken makes announcement that he will resign.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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