Army veteran tells CNN Franken groped her during 2003 photo op

01 December, 2017, 06:41 | Author: Franklin Nunez
  • Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee member Sen. Al Franken D-Minn. arrives at a Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. An Army veteran has accused Fr

Stephanie Kemplin, 41, of Maineville, Ohio, is the fifth woman in two weeks to accuse Franken of inappropriate touching, and the second person to allege that such behavior took place while Franken was on a USO tour.

"I just remember her telling me that he grabbed her breast and that she was so shocked about it", Amy Muddiman, Kemplin's older sister, told CNN.

She said she felt embarrassment and considered whether the touching was inadvertent.

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Franken has said he could not rule out the possibility that more women might come forward, insisting that he has posed for thousands of photos over his career. Lindsay Menz of Frisco, Texas told CNN last week that Franken grabbed her buttocks while they were taking a photo together at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010. The two were set to appear in a sketch for a USO show for military members overseas at the time.

"I know I'm going to have to be much more conscious in these circumstances, much more careful, much more sensitive, and that this will not happen again going forward", he added. "It was insidious. It was in plain sight and yet nobody saw it". Franken said he does not plan on resigning from his Senate seat.

Kemplin said she eventually turned her body to shift Franken's hand off her breast before their picture was taken.

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After the interview, the woman tells us, "I reached out my hand to shake his".

Regarding the second woman's allegations, Franken told Huffington Post: "I can categorically say that I did not proposition anyone to join me in any bathroom". She also describes her politics as liberal: "We don't have an agenda to bring this guy down and we didn't at the time". "I want him to take personal responsibility for his actions, learn from this, not repeat the behavior, and go forward with respect in all his interactions with women".

The former elected official tells us that while she's long admired Franken's politics, she made a decision to talk about the incident to encourage him to accept responsibility for his actions.

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Senator Franken's press office and Franken himself have not yet responded to requests for comment from Jezebel.

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