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Woman says Franken grabbed her butt in 2010 when he was in office

A woman accused Sen. Al Franken of grabbing her buttocks while posing for a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010 as her husband snapped the picture.

Lindsay Menz’s claim is the second misconduct allegation against the 66-year-old Minnesota Democrat, and the first concerning conduct while he was in office.

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, now 33, told CNN.

“It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek.”

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Menz had been working at a radio booth her father’s small business was sponsoring at the fair, which is held every year in late August and early September in St. Paul.

Franken had come in one day, and Menz spoke with him for a few moments before the picture.

“I felt gross. It’d be like walking through the mall and some random person grabbing your butt,” she recalled, saying she couldn’t believe what was happening in the moment.

“You just feel gross. Like, ew, I want to wash that off of me.”

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Her husband, Jeremy Menz, said he saw Franken awkwardly pull his wife in, but missed the three- to four-second grope.

“I was upset. I wasn’t happy about it in the least,” he told CNN. “He was already gone and I wasn’t going to confront him. But yeah — I was in shock, really.”

Menz’s parents both confirmed to the network their daughter told them about the liberal lawmaker’s grab almost right away.

Franken, in a statement to the network, said he couldn’t recall the incident but apologized if Menz was upset.

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“I take thousands of photos at the state fair surrounded by hundreds of people, and I certainly don’t remember taking this picture,” Franken said.

“I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected.” 

The allegations come just days after radio host Leeann Tweeden accused the former “Saturday Night Live” writer of forcibly kissing and groping her during a 2006 USO tour in Afghanistan. The incident happened before Franken went into politics.  

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