MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A group of women who worked alongside Al Franken on NBC's ``Saturday Night Live'' have signed a statement of support for the Minnesota senator.

Last week, broadcaster Leeann Tweeden accused Franken, a Democrat, of forcibly kissing her during a USO tour in 2006. Another woman says he placed his hand on her buttocks while posing for a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.

Thirty-six women signed the SNL statement supporting Franken, including performers Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman, and many behind-the-scenes staff.

The statement released Friday calls Franken's conduct toward Tweeden ``stupid and foolish,'' but says the women know Franken as ``a devoted and dedicated family man, a wonderful comedic performer, and an honorable public servant.'' It says none of the women have ever experienced improper behavior from Franken.