Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota) faces a second claim of sexual misconduct, this time by a woman once who is accusing the senator of grabbing her inappropriately during a photo op in 2010.
Lindsay Menz told CNN that Franken grabbed her behind while they were snapping a photo together at the Minnesota State Fare in 2010, in a story published Monday. At the time, Franken had been in the Senate for two years.
Menz told CNN that 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,” Menz said.”It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek.”
Menz said the “brazen” move lasted three to four seconds: “I was like, ‘Oh, my God, what’s happening?’” Menz’s husband corroborated her account to CNN.
In a statement given to CNN on Monday, Franken said he didn’t remember taking the photo with Menz. “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. “I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected.”
“You just feel gross,” Menz told CNN of the experience, which she decided to come forward about following Tweeden’s public accusations. “Like, eww, I want to wash that off of me.”
However, Menz told CNN she was not comparing her experience to that of former model and L.A. radio host Leeann Tweeden, who came forward last Thrusday to accuse the former “Saturday Night Live” star and comedian of kissing and groping her without consent during a USO tour in 2006.
You can see the photo in question in the tweet below.
A woman tells CNN that Al Franken grabbed her buttocks while she was taking a photo with the sitting US senator in 2010. Franken says he doesn’t remember the photo and feels “badly” that she felt disrespected. https://t.co/MlOuFCqKai pic.twitter.com/yHTbGR34gC
— CNN (@CNN) November 20, 2017