Franken quit a day after new allegations brought the number of women alleging misconduct by him to at least eight.
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Minnesota Sen. Al Franken announced Thursday he will resign from Congress in the coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and the collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star.Franken quit just a day after new allegations brought the number of women alleging misconduct by him to at least eight.Hours later, another woman said Franken inappropriately squeezed "a handful of flesh" on her waist while posing for a photo with her in 2009 .Franken, the former comedian who made his name on "Saturday Night Live," had originally sought to remain in the Senate and cooperate with an ethics investigation, saying he would work to regain the trust of Minnesotans.Franken said that the idea he would claim such conduct as a right was "preposterous".A fourth woman, an Army veteran, alleged Franken cupped her breast during a photo on a USO tour in 2003 .
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