Big Trouble for Franken: 2nd Accuser Emerges

Lindsay Menz says senator groped her behind while posing for a photo in 2010
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2017 8:51 AM CST
Big Trouble for Franken: 2nd Accuser Emerges
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., listens during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

When the Al Franken sexual harassment story broke, one big question regarding his political survival was whether more women would come forward. Meet accuser No. 2: Lindsay Menz, 33, tells CNN that Franken grabbed her behind while she and the senator posed for a photo in 2010 at the Minnesota State Fair. She says that as her husband prepared to take the photo, Franken drew her close, "like awkward close," and "put his hand full-fledged on my rear. It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek." She said he kept it there for three or four seconds. Franken, in a statement, says he doesn't remember the moment.

"I take thousands of photos at the state fair surrounded by hundreds of people, and I certainly don't remember taking this picture," Franken said. "I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected." Menz says the encounter was "gross" and left her feeling "upset," though she didn't confront Franken about it as they departed. She later posted the image on Facebook, and when her sister joked that the pair looked a little too close, Menz responded, "Dude -- Al Franken TOTALLY molested me! Creeper!" (More Al Franken stories.)

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