Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., will resign on Thursday amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, according to a new report.
Franken and his staff spoke separately with an anonymous official, who told MPR News that Franken would step down on Thursday.
Franken announced Wednesday he will make an announcement Thursday, but Franken's office refuted MPR's report that he has already decided to resign.
“Not accurate, @mpr @Stowydad. No final decision has been made and the Senator is still talking with his family. Please update your story.,” Franken’s official Twitter account wrote in response to MPR’s report.
The controversy surrounding Franken started last month when Leeann Tweeden, a radio host and former sports commentator, publicly accused Franken of forcefully kissing her when the two were practicing a skit as part of a USO tour in the Middle East in 2006. She also said Franken groped her while she slept on the flight from Afghanistan after the tour ended. A photo was released that shows Franken, then a comedian, touching Tweeden’s breasts while she was sleeping.
Franken apologized for his behavior and said the photo was intended to be a joke, but added that he now realizes it was not funny. He said he would comply with an investigation into allegations from the Senate Ethics Committee.
Several other have made similar accusations of sexual misconduct against Franken, including groping them during photo opportunities.
Numerous Democratic senators called on Franken to resign from his post on Wednesday after a seventh woman accused him of inappropriate behavior on Wednesday. Another woman came forward later in the day accusing the senator of "inappropriate and unwanted" touching.