Woman Accuses Franken Of Inappropriate Touching At 2010 MN State FairBy Pat Kessler

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota State Fair is a must stop for politicians, and Democratic Sen. Al Franken is no exception.

But a former Minnesota woman said on Twitter that her 2010 Franken photo-op turned into a butt-grab.

Lindsay Menz told CNN she asked for a photo with Franken when “he 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’s the second Franken accuser in four days.

“I was violated and I felt he betrayed my trust,” Menz wrote.

Last week, another Franken accuser, Leeann Tweeden, accused Franken of forcing himself on her during a USO tour in 2006.

Responding to Menz’s accusation, Franken issued a written statement, reading in part:

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

Menz says another Minnesota politician was there that day: former Republican Congressman John Kline, who says he doesn’t remember it.

He does say he made it a “mandatory practice” to ask before touching a female for a photo.

“I would ask if they wanted to get up close and take a picture,” he said. “I would usually say, ‘I’m going to put my hand on your back, or on your shoulder. Is that OK?'”

WCCO reached out to Menz for comment, she did not respond. Her parents live in Prior Lake and declined comment.

Franken has yet to make a public appearance in the wake of the misconduct allegations. Over the weekend, a staffer in his office told The Star Tribune that the senator doesn’t plan to resign.

Comments (11)
  1. Waiting for the harassment comments from the SNL women when Franken and company were buzzed on cocaine while Loren Michaels had security on the door looking-out for police.

  2. Why has it taken these women so long to report this stuff. I don’t why they waited so long to say anything. If they have a problem with Senator Franken, all I can say is move on. What happen 11+ years ago is past and you need to move on. If you don’t like Senator Franken, election time is coming and you make your decision then. I don’t see that he has done anything in the last 5 years so move on. Enough is enough about the past.

  3. So, a woman is claiming that she was sexually assaulted while taking a photo (so presumably there was someone taking the picture) in the middle of the state fair (so they were surrounded by a lot of other people). I’m all for women speaking up and doing so is a good thing but this new statement doesn’t even make sense. Please, don’t make this about your 15 minutes of fame.

  4. Since when does it make any difference whether it’s true or not. The news media has it and will explore the story for financial gain and exposure. Franken is in D’ ‘reflecting’. Haha. He’s actually trying to figure out if he can wiggle out of it.

  5. Al Franken has a history of making very poor choices. While on Saturday Night Live, he insults Fred Silverman, the president of NBC. As a result of this sketch, Silverman refused Lorne Michaels’s request that Franken succeed him as producer. Franken then left the show.

  6. Your biased anti-Franken coverage tonight really makes me angry. There is no way that some purported “progressive” Facebook group is a legitimate news source! Be fair! The accusations against Franken are NOTHING compared to what Roy Moore and Trump have been accused of.
    You need to apologize to him for this story!

    1. A Liberal has spoken. True to form. Apologize for exposing a groper. How funny.

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