A 33-year-old woman said Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., touched her inappropriately while the two were taking a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010, an accusation that comes days after a Los Angeles radio host said Franken groped her in 2006.
Lindsay Menz told CNN she met Franken at the Minnesota State Fair, where her father’s business was sponsoring a local radio booth. He had been elected to the Senate two years earlier.
When Menz’s husband prepared to take a photo of them, the woman said Franken “pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear.”“It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek,” Menz said. “It wasn’t around my hip or side. It was definitely on my butt.”
Menz’s husband, Jeremy, told CNN that Franken “reached around her and kind of pulled her into him,” but he didn’t see the groping occur.
Menz told her husband about the interaction.
Jeremy Menz also told his mother-in-law what happened, saying, “Our senator just groped my wife right in front of me,” according to CNN.
Franken said in a statement on Sunday he didn’t recall the photo with Menz.
“I take thousands of photos at the state fair surrounded by hundreds of people, and I certainly don’t recall taking this picture,” Franken said. “I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected.”
Menz’s accusation about Franken come days after Los Angeles radio host Leeann Tweeden said Franken forcibly kissed her during a USO tour in 2006. Tweeden also shared a photo of Franken, a comedian at the time, appearing to touch her breasts while she was sleeping.
Franken apologized for his actions and said though the photo was intended to be taken as a joke, he understood why Tweeden felt violated.
This is the second accusation of inappropriate touching for Franken, but the first involving his time as a senator. Senate leaders have called for an ethics investigation against Franken.
H/T: Washington Examiner