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Second Woman Claims Al Franken Groped Her

Second Woman Claims Al Franken Groped Her

In Sen. Al Franken's (D-Minn.) case, Leeann Tweeden, a radio news anchor with KABC in Los Angeles, came forward last week with accusations stemming from a USO show in 2006.

"We feel compelled to stand up for Al Franken, whom we have all had the pleasure of working with over the years on "Saturday Night Live" (SNL)", the statement began.

Lindsay Menz told CNN that Franken grabbed her buttocks during a photo-op at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.

Menz, who chose to speak out after Leeann Tweeden's allegation against Franken went public last week, said, "You just feel gross".

"I take thousands of photos at the state fair surrounded by hundreds of people, and I certainly don't remember taking this picture", Franken said, after he was sent the photo of him with Menz.




This is the second allegation of sexual misconduct by Franken in less than a week, and the first that allegedly occurred while he served in the Senate. "But yeah - I was in shock, really". And she had evidence - a photo that had been taken by a photographer of Franken with his fingers splayed, grabbing her chest through her clothes as she slept, and smiling wickedly back at the camera. Menz said she had been glad-handing lawmakers all day long. "I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected". Franken issued an apology, but he has still faced calls for him to resign and a potential ethics investigation. "There's no excuse", he said. "Now, I know this photo looks bad, but remember, it also is bad".

"To me, that sounds like the language of somebody who may have actually done this so many times, that it's normalized", said Biro. "I have let them down and am committed to making it up to them". Franken has apologized for his actions.

Tweeden described the allegations in a story as unwanted, forcible sexual advances.

Donald Trump, who has been accused of sexual assault by at least 16 women, criticized Franken in a series of tweets last week. She said she has equally supported Republican and Democratic candidates. Neither, they said, is registered with a political party.

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