Al Franken ‘Can’t Say’ If More Accusers Will Come Forward

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Democratic Minnesota Sen. Al Franken is unsure if more woman will come forward to accuse him of groping them.

Four women have now come forward to accuse Franken of groping their butts or breasts. One of the women, Leeann Tweeden, also accused Franken of forcibly kissing her while rehearsing a skit on a USO trip in 2006.

Asked if he thought more accusers would come forward, Franken was unable to say. “If you had said to me two weeks ago that a woman was going to say that I had made her uncomfortable and disrespected her in one of these ways I would have said ‘no,'” Franken told Minnesota Public Radio. “So, you know, I don’t know. I can’t say.”

Franken said that the accusations against him have “been a shock to me.” He also reiterated his newest groping excuse: that he hugs women.

“I’m someone who, you know, hugs people,” Franken said. “I’ve learned from these stories that in some of these encounters I have crossed the line for some women.” (RELATED: Al Franken’s Evolving Responses To Sexual Harassment Allegations)

Franken said he has no plans to resign.