Another woman is stepping forward to accuse Minnesota Senator Al Franken of groping. Only this time, he allegedly committed the assault while he was serving in Congress. 33-year old Texas resident, Lindsay Menz, claims the groping occurred in 2010.
Specifically, Menz is accusing the senator of groping her butt during a photo-op at the Minnesota State Fair. She was attending the fair with both her father and husband when the assault purportedly occurred.
This is the second accusation of sexual misconduct against Franken in as many weeks. Pictures of Franken surfaced last week where he was touching the breasts of a broadcaster, Leann Tweeden, while she slept. The pair was doing a USO tour together in 2006 when the incident took place.
Menz shared her story with CNN. She says that as her husband was taking the picture of her and the senator, Franken forcefully groped her. “[He] pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear.” she alleges. After the picture was taken, she told her husband what had happened.
“It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek,” Menz explained. “It wasn’t around my waist, it wasn’t around my hip or side, it was definitely on my butt. I was like, oh my God, what’s happening.” Her husband, Jeremy, recalls Franken being extremely close to his wife. However, he could not see what happened behind her.
Another Assault, Another Apology
When Franken learned of Menz’s allegations, he claimed that he didn’t remember the photo, like with Tweeden. He told CNN that he felt “badly” if he offended her. How nice of him, right?
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for the House Ethics Committee to investigate allegations against Franken. Which, for all intents and purposes, is nothing more than a free pass. While many in Congress have called for the senator to resign, he is still refusing to step-down.