Al Franken Accused of Being 'Serial Groper'

2 more women have come forward
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2017 1:31 AM CST
Updated Nov 23, 2017 5:52 AM CST
2 More Al Franken Accusers Come Forward
Sen. Al Franken listens during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 in Washington.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The accusations against Sen. Al. Franken are starting to stack up. Two more women came forward Wednesday to accuse the Democrat of groping them, bringing the total to four. One woman tells the Huff Post that in 2007, during Franken's first Senate campaign, he grabbed her buttocks during a photo-op after she sang with a feminist choir at a Women’s Political Caucus event in Minneapolis that Franken attended with his wife. She says her story is "eerily similar"to that of Lindsay Menz, who says Franken groped her in 2010. Her best friend says the woman told her about the incident at the time and decided to come forward now because Franken is "a serial groper." "People are saying that this is a right-wing conspiracy,” she says. "It's not. I'm a liberal person."

Another woman tells the Huff Post that she was disgusted and disappointed after Franken put his arm around her waist and "cupped her butt" during a Democratic fundraiser in Minneapolis in 2008. She says she excused herself to go to the bathroom, and Franken suggested he go with her. "It's difficult to respond to anonymous accusers, and I don’t remember those campaign events," Franken said in a statement Wednesday, per the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He added: "I can categorically say that I did not proposition anyone to join me in any bathroom." In a Politico poll taken when Leanne Tweeden was the only woman to come forward, 49% of Democrats and 56% of Republicans said they thought Franken should resign. (Franken is being edited out of a tribute to David Letterman.)

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