2nd Woman Accuses Franken Of Harassment

Another woman has come forward, accusing Sen.

"We feel compelled to stand up for Al Franken, whom we have all had the pleasure of working with over the years on "Saturday Night Live" (SNL)", the statement began.

Menz described the interaction to CNN as "uncomfortable" and that it made her feel "gross".

Franken said in a statement to CNN that he did not remember the incident and that he felt "badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected".

Former model Leeann Tweeden, who participated in USO tours alongside Franken in the early 2000s, claimed last week the then-comedian forcibly kissed and later groped her while she was sleeping in 2006. "In our experience, we know Al as a devoted and dedicated family man, a wonderful comedic performer, and an honorable public servant", it continued. And she had evidence - a photo that had been taken by a photographer of Franken with his fingers splayed, grabbing her chest through her clothes as she slept, and smiling wickedly back at the camera. She said she immediately told her husband that Franken had "grabbed" her bottom, and she said she posted about it on Facebook. The scandal has left Franken facing a Senate ethics investigation and calls to resign.

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Menz, 33, who now lives in Frisco, Texas, said her father's business was sponsoring a radio booth at the Minnesota fair and that she took photos with several elected officials and political candidates as they stopped at the booth.

"To me, that sounds like the language of somebody who may have actually done this so many times, that it's normalized", said Biro.

In a telling part of CNN's article, Menz says she would not have come forward if Tweeden had not done so first. "And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed".

Tweeden described the allegations in a story as unwanted, forcible sexual advances.

  • Adam Floyd