Second Woman Says Al Franken Inappropriately Touched Her

Carla Harmon
November 20, 2017

A second woman has accused Minnesota Sen. Many are particularly disappointed to see Franken become the subject of allegations after he so vigorously championed sexual harassment victims who took part in the #MeToo campaign to share their own experiences.

Lindsay Menz tells CNN that Franken placed his hand on her bottom as they posed for a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010, two years into Franken's first term.

"I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected".

Menz says that the photo only took a few seconds, and she told her husband, Jeremy, straight away about what had happened.

Franken, who got his start as a writer and performer on "Saturday Night Live", was accused of fondling and kissing former Playboy model Leeann Tweeden without her permission during a USO tour 11 years ago.

The photo was posted at the time on Facebook and Menz responded to comment from her sister, Cari Thunker, "Franken...molested me", CNN reported. Menz said she had been glad-handing lawmakers all day long.

"[He] pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear ..." She said she distinctly recalls her son-in-law saying to her: "Our senator just groped my wife right in front of me". "It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek".

In the photo of Menz and Franken, the lower halves of their bodies are not shown. Franken has since apologized for his alleged misconduct, though noted he "certainly" doesn't remember the interaction the way Tweeden does.

Franken was not immediately available to comment on the latest accusation. And they deserve to know that I am their ally and supporter. Menz said she believes she has voted for Franken as well, but is not sure. Tweeden's account occurred before Franken was a senator, which cast some doubt on how the ethics panel would conduct an inquiry.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called for the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate Tweeden's allegations.

Franken has not made further statements to the press since releasing two apologies on Thursday.

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