Second Woman Claims Al Franken Groped Her

Second Woman Claims Al Franken Groped Her

Second Woman Claims Al Franken Groped Her

On Monday, CNN reported that 33-year-old Lindsay Menz from Frisco, Texas, told the network after Tweeden's announcement that she had her own "uncomfortable" interaction with Franken. The normally sleepy Senate Ethics Committee hasn't had a major case since 2011, but it could be deciding next year on the fate of three senators, including two facing allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior. She added, "It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek".

She also says that she found a photo after returning home from the tour that shows Franken with his hands over her breasts and smiling.

This is the first woman to come forward and accuse Franken of groping her while he was a U.S. Senator.

Franken, 66, is the latest public figure to be caught in the deluge of revelations of sexual harassment and misconduct that have crushed careers, ruined reputations and prompted criminal investigations in Hollywood, business and beyond.

A second woman has come forward with a sexual misconduct claim against Al Franken, this time when the comedian was an elected official.

"If somebody wanted a picture, I would ask: should I put my arm on your back or your shoulder?" he said, and indicated that he felt particularly inclined to do so when taking photos with women.


That said, this incident, unlike Tweeden's, occurred after Franken's election.

Franken told CNN in a statement he did not recall his meeting with Menz but said he felt "badly" for how she felt following their interaction. "I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected".

Menz was emphatic that she "absolutely" would not have made a decision to share her story had Tweeden not done the same.

The statement 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". Franken said he would welcome it.

That talk, in support of Franken's "Giant of the Senate", sold out more than a month in advance. Moore, unlike the others accused, has appeared to deny the allegations, although not without some equivocation.

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