Then as her husband held up her phone and got ready to snap a photo of the two of them, 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. Franken of forcibly kissing her and groping her during a 2006 USO tour.
On the day Franken had been scheduled to appear at the JCC, a second woman, Lindsay Menz of Texas, accused Franken of grabbing her buttocks at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010, while he was in office.
The show's female staff released a letter today, saying that even though Franken's behavior towards KABC's Leeann Tweeden was "stupid and foolish", they feel compelled to defend his public service record and his conduct from when he used to work with him.
Menz told CNN she saw Franken at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010, at a time he was a senator.
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Franken, a liberal Democrat who previously worked as a comedy writer for "Saturday Night Live", was elected to the Senate from Minnesota in 2008 in a close race in which the official tally had him losing by 215 votes on election night. She said she immediately told her husband that Franken had "grabbed" her bottom, and she said she posted about it on Facebook.
"I respect women. I don't respect men who don't", he added. Menz also said she posted the photo with Franken on Facebook on August 27, and when her sister commented on the photo, she replied: "Dude - Al Franken TOTALLY molested me!"
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Menz responded, "Dude - Al Franken TOTALLY molested me!"
A woman is accusing Sen. Tweeden was still wearing a helmet and a Kevlar vest over a jacket, and the photo is unclear on whether Franken actually made physical contact. Her husband was taking the picture and her father was standing nearby, she said. "And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed". "It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek".
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This is the second allegation of sexual misconduct by Franken in less than a week, and the first that allegedly occurred while he served in the Senate.