Transcript for Al Franken vows 'to be much more careful' in wake of sexual misconduct allegations
I know that. I've let a lot of people down. People Minnesota. My colleagues. My staff. My supporters. And everyone knew it has. Counted on me to be a champion. For women the to all of you I just wanna. Again to say I am sorry. I know there are no magic words that I can say. To regain your trust and I know that's going to take time. I'm ready to start that process in the starts with going back to work today there there are different. You know the different allegations. There is moving in Sweden. Leanne and I were on the USO tour together. And on the the kiss. At the rehearsal we were rehearsing for a sketch. I said that were called that. Differently from Leann. I feel that you have to respect. You know women's experience. And so I apologize. To ever and I meant that. And I lose. You know very grateful that she accepted. As far as. You know I take a lot of pictures. And Minnesota thousands. Of pictures we tens of thousands of people so those are instances that I do not remember. It has. From these stories it's been clear that there are. Some women and one that is is too many. Who feel what I have done something. Disrespectful. And that's hurt them and for that I am. I am tremendously sorry and I know. I am. Going to have to be much more conscious. When. In in these. Circumstances. Much more. Careful much more sensitive. And that this. That this will not happen again. Going forward. Again it's going to take a long time for me to regain people's trust. I. Hope that starting work today that I could start to do that I've been trying to take responsibility. I apologize. And by. Apologizing to the people I've let down. And going to work to regain their trust. I am going to be accountable. I'm we are going to cooperate completely. We the ethics. Investigation. I'm going to. Try to learn from my mistakes. And and in doing so I've been. The doing a lot of reflecting. And I. I'll I wanna be someone to add something to this conversation. And I I hope I I can do that this is being. A shock and it's been extremely. Humbling. I am embarrassed. I feel ashamed. What I'm going to do is. I'm I'm gonna start my job. And a go back to work. Their work as far as I can for the people. Of Minnesota and I'm gonna start that right now thank you all thank.
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