A woman says the US Senator Al Franken inappropriately touched her in 2010, revealing to CNN that he grabbed her buttocks while taking a picture at the Minnesota State Fair.
This is the first allegation of touching improperly by Franken while he was in office. It comes days after a local radio news anchor in California, Leeann Tweeden said that Franken forcibly kissed and groped her when Franken was a comedian in 2006.
Woman Accused US Senator Al Franken of Inappropriately Touched Her In 2010
Franken has since issued an apology to Leeann and has been facing a potential investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee.
The 33-year-old woman Lindsay Menz reached out to CNN on Thursday hours after Leeann made her story public. Lindsay said that she wanted to share an "uncomfortable" interaction that left her feeling "gross."
According to Lindsay, while attending the Minnesota State Fair with her husband and father in the summer of 2010, when her husband held up her phone to snap a photo.
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.
She recalled the brazen act lasted three or four seconds;
It wasn't around my waist. It wasn't around my hip or side. It was definitely on my butt. I was like, oh my God, what's happening.
Lindsay's husband Jeremy Menz, who didn't see what happened behind his wife, said;
He reached around her and kind of pulled her into him. He pulled her in and pushed his head against her head. It was over pretty quick.
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