Democratic Sen. Al Franken Accused by Second Woman of Sexual Assault

Franken has been accused of groping a woman's behind, a few days after apologizing to LA radio host Leeann Tweeden

FILE - In this July 12, 2017, file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington. PBS and WETA say Minnesota Sen. Franken will not appear substantially in David Letterman's Mark Twain Prize special airing Monday night, Nov. 20. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
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A second woman came forward Monday with allegations against Democratic Sen. Al Franken. According to CNN, Lindsay Menz claims Franken groped her behind in 2010.

Talking to CNN, Menz said the incident took place while she was posing for a photo with Franken at the Minnesota State Fair, where she was promoting her father’s business.

As her husband was about to take a picture of the two, Franken pulled “in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear. It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek.” She said she was left feeling gross.

Last week, Los Angeles radio broadcaster Leeann Tweeden accused Franken of touching her breasts while she slept. Franken forced a kiss on her in 2006 when he was still a comedian and the two were preparing to perform before U.S. troops in the Middle East, she said.

Tweeden related her experience in a first-person account on the website of LA station KABC, amid outrage over numerous reports of sexual misconduct by powerful men from Hollywood to Capitol Hill.

Franken, a Democrat, issued an apology last Thursday.

Tweeden said Franken wrote a skit that included a kiss between the two and said he insisted upon rehearsing it, which she at first resisted.

“He repeated that actors really need to rehearse everything and that we must practice the kiss. I said ‘OK’ so he would stop badgering me,” she wrote. “We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth.”

She said she pushed Franken away but felt disgusted and violated.

Reuters contributed background to this report