This hasn’t really been a good week for Democratic Senator Al Franken.
Over the weekend his Saturday Night Live colleagues slammed him for the sexual assault allegations that were made public last week and this morning, after his spokesman announced he wouldn’t be stepping down from his post, a new accuser appeared on CNN who declared she was groped by Franken in 2010.
33-year-old Ms Lindsay Menz, who currently lives in Frico, Texas, claims that Senator Al Franken touched her inappropriately in 2010.
At the time, she attended the Minnesota State Fair with her husband and father in the summer of 2010 (which is some two years after Mr Franken was first elected to the Senate). Local politicians would drop in to see her father's small business that sponsored a local radio booth.
When Mr Franken walked in, Menz and her husband claimed they both recognized him instantly. Just as her husband held up her phone and was ready to take a photo, Mr 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," Ms Menz stated.
"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," she said stating that the act lasted a good three or four seconds. "I was like, oh my God, what's happening."
"He reached around her and kind of pulled her into him," said husband Mr Jeremy Menz, who didn't see what happened behind his wife. "He pulled her in and pushed his head against her head. It was over pretty quick."
That same day, Ms Menz posted the photo with Franken on Facebook (on August 27, 2010). Her own sister, Cari Thunker, commented under the photo: "Sorry, but you two aren't Bibles (sic) width apart" – a reference to how physically close Menz and Franken were in the photo. Ms Menz responded to her sister on Facebook: "Dude – Al Franken TOTALLY molested me! Creeper!"
(The exchange is visible to Menz's Facebook friends only.)
In a response to the latest allegation, Mr Franken stated: “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.”
As said, the senator has so far resisted calls to step down.