Fondlin’ Franken Remains DEFIANT

A contrite Al Franken said Monday he knows he “let a lot of people down” — the people of Minnesota, Senate colleagues and staff — amid accusations of sexually inappropriate behavior. He vowed to try to regain their trust.

The Democrat and former “Saturday Night Live” comedian was a far cry from his jocular self as he delivered a brief statement outside his Capitol Hill office and answered a few questions from reporters more than a week after the complaints surfaced.

One woman alleges Franken forcibly kissed her on a USO tour and took a sexually suggestive photo while she was sleeping; three other women allege Franken grabbed their buttocks while posing with them for photos during separate campaign events in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

Franken dismissed a question about resignation and promised to cooperate with a Senate Ethics Committee investigation.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.