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story.lead_photo.caption FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2017 file photo, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., listens during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid, on her nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A woman says Al Franken pulled her in tightly and put his hand on her buttocks in 2010 while posing for a picture at the Minnesota State Fair, the second allegation of improper conduct against the Democrat and first involving his time as a senator.

Lindsay Menz told CNN last week for a report broadcast Monday that the interaction with the Minnesota senator her feel "gross." She said she immediately told her husband that Franked had "grabbed" her bottom and that she posted about it on Facebook.

Menz's story comes days after a Los Angeles broadcaster, Leeann Tweeden, accused Franken of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour. Franken already faced a Senate ethics investigation over Tweeden's allegation, but the Menz allegation is potentially more damaging for Franken because it would be behavior that occurred while he was in office.

Franken, a Democrat, told CNN he didn't remember taking the photo with Menz but said in a statement to the network that he feels badly that she felt disrespected.

"I take thousands of photos at the state fair surrounded by hundreds of people, and I certainly don't remember taking this picture," Franken told CNN. "I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected."

Franken's office did not respond to repeated Associated Press messages seeking comment on the latest allegations.

With the Capitol empty due to Thanksgiving break, reaction to the latest allegations against Franken were muted compared to an outcry last week — and Democrats nationally and in Minnesota were silent.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, repeated a statement from Thursday calling for an ethics investigation of Franken. After publicly denouncing Franken's conduct and supporting that investigation last week, no powerful Democrats had spoken out by Monday afternoon about Menz's allegations.

Menz, 33, who now lives in Frisco, Texas, said her father's business was sponsoring a radio booth at the Minnesota fair and that she took photos with several elected officials and political candidates as they stopped at the booth.

She said as she posed with Franken, he "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 said. "It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek."

Menz said she told her husband, Jeremy Menz, and father Mark Brown about it right away. Both men affirmed that to CNN. Menz also said she posted the photo with Franken on Facebook on Aug. 27, 2010, and when her sister commented on the photo, she replied: "Dude -- Al Franken TOTALLY molested me! Creeper!"

The AP was not able to immediately view her account to verify the post.

Franken, 66, is the latest public figure to be caught in the deluge of revelations of sexual harassment and misconduct that have crushed careers, ruined reputations and prompted criminal investigations in Hollywood, business and beyond.

He has apologized to Tweeden, and she has accepted the apology, but a handful of Democrats have called for him to resign. Republicans, still forced to answer for the multiple allegations facing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, joined in pressing for an expected investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee. Franken said he would welcome it.

Franken canceled a sold-out book festival appearance scheduled for Monday in Atlanta to speak and promote his book, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate. He hasn't appeared in public since Tweeden's allegation.

Read Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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  • Delta123
    November 20, 2017 at 10:07 a.m.

    Rah Ro. Moore certainly needs to step aside and looks like Al needs to as well.

  • PopMom
    November 20, 2017 at 11:48 a.m.

    Ouch!

  • wildblueyonder
    November 20, 2017 at 1:28 p.m.

    If sexual allegations are such a despicable act why aren't Dems calling for him to step down? Double standard, that's why!

  • DEE672
    November 20, 2017 at 1:31 p.m.

    There's just something wrong with too many men. A friend suggested testosterone damages the brain permanently. That's one theory. What's yours?

  • Kharma
    November 20, 2017 at 2:45 p.m.

    I see that the Arkansas chapter of the She-Woman Man Haters Club has been called to order.

  • RBear
    November 20, 2017 at 2:59 p.m.

    Gohogs, he’s not running for office. They have called for an ethics investigation which could lead to censure or a requirement to step down.

  • Packman
    November 20, 2017 at 3:18 p.m.

    Hey RBear - What does not running for office have to do with stepping down? Franken can resign as easily as someone running for office can withdraw from the race.
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    Franken is becoming the D's worst nightmare. Any excuse they make for Franken will be made in kind for any other politician accused of sexual abuse/harrassment/assault/impropriety including pols of the other tribe.
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    Hey Pop - This newest allegation was because this woman wore her pants a little too tight. Right? Isn't that right? Isn't that the same logic you used when saying Leeann Tweeden deserved to be sexually violated because she once posed in her birthday suit for Playboy?

  • TimberTopper
    November 20, 2017 at 3:21 p.m.

    He will be dealt with hoggy.

  • RaylanGivens
    November 20, 2017 at 3:28 p.m.

    Yep that's it Pack; just like I tried to tell her there are very rarely ever 2 accusers in the first 24 hours. She was trying to justify Frankenstein just like Lena Dunham was trying to justify her male friend who allegedly assaulted a female this weekend then had to backpedal. Why in the hell does anyone try to justify any of this behavior? Both sides are so packed full of sheep that toe the party line in their defense of disgusting scumbags it's unbelievable. Anytime I hear Hillbillary complain about Trump's sexual escapades it really makes me laugh. Poor Hill, no one ever harassed me, not even Bill!

  • RaylanGivens
    November 20, 2017 at 3:32 p.m.

    It's also that time of year a woman from the movie Trading Places should accuse him also since it is a Christmas movie. Now Pop would say it would be okay if he harassed Jamie Lee since she showed her body in that movie.

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