Second woman accuses Sen. Franken of sexual harassment

Calvin Saunders
November 21, 2017

A second woman has accused Democratic Senator Al Franken of inappropriately touching her, this time claiming it occurred during his time in office.

Lindsay Menz, now a 33-year-old Texas resident, alleges that Franken blatantly groped her during a photo op at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair.

The woman said that while she and the senator posed for a photo, Franken "put his hand full-fledged on my rear". It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek ...

Tweeting to radio host Leeann Tweeden, she added: "I 100% believe your account of him & his actions, ". It wasn't around my hip or side. "It was definitely on my butt", she said, recalling that the brazen act lasted three or four seconds. "I was like, 'Oh my God, what's happening?'"

She told the network of her "uncomfortable" interaction with Franken that made her feel "gross".

CNN reported that Menz shared the photo of her and Franken on Facebook that same day, and her sister commented and joked that Menz and Franken weren't two "Bibles width apart".

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In a response, Franken said yesterday, "I take thousands of photos at the state fair surrounded by hundreds of people, and I certainly don't remember taking this picture".

Menz's allegation comes days after a Los Angeles broadcaster accused Franken of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour. Senators dig into election security Feinstein: Sessions should re-testify on Russian Federation meetings MORE (D-Minn.) of inappropriately grabbing her during a photo op in 2010. It was over pretty quick. When she reconnected with her husband moments later, she told him: "He totally grabbed my butt".

Menz said that she and her husband met Franken at the fair, and she asked her husband to snap a photo of the two of them. You just feel gross.

As for why Menz chose to speak out now, she said: "The reason I want to say something is if someone sees that I said something, maybe it would give them the courage to say something, too". "But yeah - I was in shock, really".

Menz was emphatic that she "absolutely" would not have chose to share her story had Tweeden not done the same. He said of his own interaction: "As a matter of practice, I did that all the time".

According to the statutes of Minnesota, "intentional touching of the clothing covering the immediate area of the buttocks" is not considered criminal sexual conduct.

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