A second woman has come forward to accuse pro-abortion U.S. Sen. Al Franken of inappropriately touching her in 2010.
Franken is a pro-abortion Democrat from Minnesota who consistently votes pro-abortion and even attacked a pro-life organization earlier this year by calling it a “hate group.” He also criticized the Trump administration recently for trying to save a young immigrant and her unborn baby from abortion.
Last week, a woman named Leeann Tweeden accused Franken of forcibly kissing her and later groping her while she was asleep during a 2006 tour to entertain U.S. troops, the BBC reports. Tweeden also produced a photo of Franken smiling as he appeared to be groping her breasts while she was asleep. Franken was a comedian at the time and did not enter politics until two years later.
A second woman, Lindsay Menz, now also is accusing Franken of groping her in 2010; this time the allegedly incident occurred when he was a senator, according to the Washington Examiner.
Menz said she was standing at a local radio booth at the Minnesota State Fair, taking photos of local celebrities when she met Franken. She said she asked her husband to take a photo of her and Franken, and that is when he allegedly groped her.
Franken “pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear,” she said. “It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek. It wasn’t around my hip or side. It was definitely on my butt. I was like, oh my God, what’s happening.”
Her husband said he did not see what happened, but his wife told him about it right afterward. CNN reports Menz also told her sister, mother and father, and soon afterward posted a comment about it on Facebook.
In a statement, Franken said he did not remember the incident.
“I take thousands of photos at the state fair surrounded by hundreds of people, and I certainly don’t recall taking this picture,” Franken said. “I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected.”
Last week, Franken apologized for the alleged sexual misconduct against Tweeden, saying he “respects” women and feels “ashamed” for his actions.
Franken is just one of several big abortion industry supporters who have been accused of sexually harassing or assaulting women in the past few months. Hollywood film mogul Harvey Weinstein is another.
Just four years after the alleged incident with Tweeden, the radical pro-abortion group NARAL featured Franken as its keynote speaker at a fundraising banquet.
“Franken took some heat from women’s groups for his satirical jokes about women during his days as a comedian, but he’s earned their support by becoming one of the most relentless campaigners for abortion on Capitol Hill,” LifeNews reported at the time.
The Center for Responsive Politics reported at the time that Franken brought in $81,500 from pro-abortion groups during his first U.S. Senate campaign, making him the candidate to receive the most direct funding from such groups other than presidential candidates, according to the Star-Tribune newspaper.
Since then, Franken has been a close ally of Planned Parenthood, NARAL and other pro-abortion groups, fighting against pro-life legislation and working to keep taxpayer funding flowing to Planned Parenthood.
He received hearty congratulations from the top abortion chain in 2014 when he won re-election.
“Senator Al Franken has been a strong supporter and advocate for women’s health and women’s rights,” Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards praised. “With Senator Al Franken in office, we are one step further along in protecting women’s health, preventing unintended and teen pregnancies, and ensuring a safe and healthy future for women and families.”