‘Oh my God’

2nd woman accuses Senator Al Franken of groping her during a photo op

Lindsay Menz said Sen. Al Franken groped her during this photograph taken at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair. (Twitter)

Just days after U.S. Senator Al Franken was accused of forcibly kissing and groping a woman in 2006, a second woman has come forward with claims that the senator groped her buttocks while taking a picture with her during the 2010 Minnesota State Fair.

Lindsay Menz, 33, told CNN that she had attended the fair together with her husband and her father, whose small business was sponsoring a local radio booth, and took photos with a number of politicians and celebrities who came to visit the booth — including Franken, who was then nearly two years into his first term as a senator.

“[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,” Menz recalled. “It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek. It wasn’t around my waist. It wasn’t around my hip or side. It was definitely on my butt. I was like, oh my God, what’s happening.”

After the alleged incident, Menz said she moved away from the senator and told her husband, father, and mother about what had transpired. She also posted the picture she took with Franken to Facebook on August 27, 2010, where she replied to a comment from her sister by alleging that Franken had molested her.

In a statement made to CNN on Sunday, Franken claimed to not “remember taking this picture,” but added that “I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected.” Menz said she was compelled to come forward after Leeann Tweeden accused Franken of sexual assault last week. In the wake of Tweeden’s revelations, Menz posted on Twitter about her experience with the senator in 2010.

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