Lindsay Menz explained that Al Franken, elected in 2008 in the Senate, he had put a hand to the butt while he posed with it for a photo taken by her husband at a fair in Minnesota. It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek ...
In a Sunday statement to CNN, Franken said that he did not recall taking a photo with Menz, and added that he felt "badly" - that she felt disrespected. "It wasn't around my hip or side", Menz said. "I was like, 'Oh my God, what's happening?'"
Menz said that the interaction with Franken made her feel violated. Menz contrasts her experience taking a photograph with Franken at the Fair in 2010 with her experience taking a photograph with then Rep. John Kline, gentleman and friend.
Franken's office says that the senator has no recollection about his interaction with Menz, but it said that he felt sorry that she came away from their interaction feeling disrespected.
Menz's allegations come days after Franken apologised to U.S. TV personality Leeann Tweeden after she accused him of kissing and groping her during a USO (United Service Organization) tour in 2006. It was over pretty quick.
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Menz said she came forward because Tweeden did so before her, and expressed a desire to empower other women who have experienced similar behavior to feel able to tell their stories. "It'd be like being walking through the mall and some random person grabbing your butt".
Menz's husband, who supported his wife's claim to CNN, took the photo. You just feel gross.
"I respect women. I don't respect men who don't", he said regarding the first episode with Tweeden. "But yeah - I was in shock, really".
A photo released by Menz shows Franken standing close to her, although his hands are not visible. He said of his own interaction: "As a matter of practice, I did that all the time".
Menz reached out to CNN with her story shortly after Tweeden's allegations became public. "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".