Sen. Al Franken Accused Of Second Groping Incident

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A second woman has accused Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota of inappropriately touching her, alleging that Franken groped her during a photo opportunity in 2010.

The new accusation comes after a radio news anchor Leeann Tweeden said that Franken had groped her during a 2006 USO tour in the Middle East, reports The New York Times. There was also a photo showing Franken pretending to touch Tweeden inappropriately.

The second incident reportedly took place in 2010, according to CNN. Lindsay Menz, 33, said Franken had touched her butt while the pair were taking a photo together at the Minnesota State Fair.

Lindsay said she had been at the fair with her husband, Jeremy, as well as her father, whose small business was sponsoring a local radio booth at the fair. She had been taking photos with celebrities and politicians who came to the booth. The incident reportedly took place when Franken had been a senator for nearly two years.

Lindsay said she spoke with Franken when he came to the booth, and her husband held Lindsay's phone as she posed with the senator for a picture.

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"[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," said Lindsay. "It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek."

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

According to Lindsay, the contact lasted for three or four seconds.

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

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Lindsay said she walked away from Franken as soon as the photo had been taken, before telling her husband, "He totally grabbed my butt."

"I felt gross," recounted Lindsay. "It'd be like... 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."

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

Lindsay's father, Mark Brown, said his daughter also told him about what happened. Jodi Brown, her mother, recalled Jeremy telling her, "Our senator just groped my wife right in front of me."

Lindsay had even mentioned the inappropriate contact in a response to a comment from her sister when she posted the image on Facebook in 2010.

"Dude - Al Franken TOTALLY molested me! Creeper!" wrote Lindsay.

Franken said in a statement that he did not recall taking the photo.

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

Previously, Franken apologized after Tweeden accused him of inappropriate behavior in 2006.

"You knew exactly what you were doing," wrote Tweeden in a post about her experience. "You forcibly kissed me without my consent, grabbed my breasts while I was sleeping and had someone take a photo of you doing it, knowing I would see it later, and be ashamed."

"The first thing I want to do is apologize: to Leeann, to everyone else who was part of that tour, to everyone who has worked for me, to everyone I represent, and to everyone who counts on me to be an ally and supporter and champion of women," said Franken in a statement apologizing for the incident.

Lindsay said that she believed what Franken had done to Tweeden was worse than her interaction, but that Tweeden's decision to come forward about her experience encouraged her to share her own.

"I don't want to paint my story in the same light as hers," said Lindsay. "The reason I want to say something is if someone sees that I said something, maybe it would give them the courage to say something too."

Sources: CNN via WGHP, CNN, The New York Times / Featured Image: Ramsey County Minnestoa/Flickr / Embedded Images: Veni/Flickr, AFL-CIO American's Unions/Flickr

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