Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) is facing another groping accusation, as a woman is claiming that he grabbed her buttocks in 2010.
The woman, 33-year-old Lindsay Menz, told CNN that she and her husband, Jeremy, approached Franken at the Minnesota State Fair to help promote a local radio booth that Menz’s dad’s business was sponsoring. When Jeremy took a picture of his wife with Franken, Menz alleges that Franken “put his hand full-fledged on my rear.”
“It wasn’t around my waist,” said Menz. “It wasn’t around my hip or side. It was definitely on my butt.”
Menz said she “felt gross” afterward.
“It’d be like being walking through the mall and some random person grabbing your butt,” said Menz. “You just feel gross. Like ew, I want to wash that off of me.”
Jeremy said he couldn’t see what Franken did to his wife behind her, but he did see that Franken “pulled her in and pushed his head against her head.” By the time his wife told him about what Franken did, the senator was already gone.
On Thursday, Franken was accused by radio host Leeann Tweeden of groping her while she was sleeping – which she supplied photo evidence of – as well as forcibly kissing her and sticking his tongue down her throat. Menz said that while her Franken incident wasn’t as bad as Tweeden’s, she felt like she needed to speak out.
“If someone sees that I said something, maybe it would give them the courage to say something too,” said Menz.
Franken said in a statement to CNN that he had no recollection of the photo he took 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,” said Franken. “I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected.”
CNN contributor Sally Kohn tweeted on Monday that it was time for Franken to leave from his position as senator.
On Sunday, a staffer to Franken told the Star Tribune that the senator had zero intention of stepping down.