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Book Festival Says Franken Canceled Appearance

Organizers of a book festival in Atlanta say Sen. Al Franken canceled his scheduled appearance after a radio news anchor accused Franken of kissing and groping her in 2006. Organizers of a book festival in Atlanta say Sen. Al Franken canceled his scheduled appearance after a radio news anchor accused Franken of kissing and groping her in 2006. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

November 17, 2017 01:59 PM

ATLANTA (AP) - Organizers of a major book festival in Atlanta where Sen. Al Franken was scheduled to speak say the senator has abruptly canceled his appearance.

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A Los Angeles radio anchor on Thursday accused Franken of kissing and groping her during a 2006 USO tour.

The Minnesota Democrat had been scheduled to speak Monday night, the closing night of the two-week-long Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.

Keely Sime, the center's marketing director, said Friday that festival organizers received word Thursday that Franken would not attend his sold-out appearance.

Tickets for Franken's appearance ranged from $32 to $75 for VIP access, and included a copy of the senator's book "Al Franken, Giant of the Senate." Sime said the center is contacting those who purchased tickets.


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