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Second Woman Says Sen. Al Franken Groped Her

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A second woman has come forward to accuse Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota of inappropriately touching her.

Lindsey Menz told CNN she was taking a picture with the Minnesota senator in 2010 at the state fair when Franken allegedly groped her.

Lindsey recalled that 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. It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek."

She explained the incident lasted a few seconds. After the photo, she quickly walked away from Franken.

"It wasn't around my waist," Lindsey said. "It wasn't around my hip or side. It was definitely on my butt. I was like, oh my God, what's happening."

Jeremy Menz told a similar story to CNN, although he said he did not see what took place behind his wife.

"He reached around her and kind of pulled her into him," added Jeremy. "He pulled her in and pushed his head against her head. It was over pretty quick."

Lindsey noted that she did not enjoy the experience.

"I felt gross," she told CNN. "It'd be like being walking through the mall and some random person grabbing your butt. You just feel gross. Like ew, I want to wash that off of me."

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Her husband agreed.

"I was upset. I wasn't happy about it in the least," Jeremy told CNN. "He was already gone and I wasn't going to confront him. But yeah -- I was in shock, really."

Franken released a statement on the allegation.

"I take thousands of photos at the state fair surrounded by hundreds of people, and I certainly don't remember taking this picture," added Franken. "I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected."

His comments came after Leeann Tweeden, a journalist in California, accused Franken on Nov. 16 of kissing her and groping her in 2006. Lindsey Menz said it was Tweeden's story that inspired her to come forward with her own experience with Franken.

Responding to the allegations, PBS announced Nov. 20 that Franken would be edited out of a gala he attended to celebrate David Letterman. The gala is to air at 8 p.m. on Nov. 20.

"PBS and WETA, the producing station, felt that the inclusion of Sen. Franken in the broadcast at this time would distract from the show's purpose as a celebration of American humor," PBS said in a statement published by HuffPost.

Sources: CNN, HuffPost / Featured Image: Stephanie Moreno/Grady College/University of Georgia/Peabody Awards/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Stephanie Moreno/Grady College/University of Georgia/Peabody Awards/Wikimedia Commons, Stephanie Moreno/Grady College/University of Georgia/Peabody Awards/Wikimedia Commons

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