REGIONAL- Minnesota's junior USA senator is facing a Senate Ethics Committee investigation after a radio personality accused Al Franken of groping and forcibly kissing her during a USO tour in 2006. Menz's allegation comes days after a Los Angeles broadcaster, Leeann Tweeden, accused Franken of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour.
Franken grabbed her behind while taking a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010, two years after the Democrat was elected to the Senate.
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On Twitter, Menz said the interaction made her feel "violated & embarassed [sic]". "I don't know what was in my head when I took that picture, and it doesn't matter. And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed".
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Menz, who now lives in Frisco, Texas, shared her claims with CNN on Thursday, just hours after Tweeden's story first broke.
The "SNL" staffers acknowledged Franken's behavior writing, "What Al did was stupid and foolish, and we think it was appropriate for him to apologize to Ms. Tweeden, and to the public".
CNN reports that immediately after the picture of Menz and Franken at the state fair was posted to Facebook, Menz commented, saying, "Dude - Al Franken TOTALLY molested me!" Since then, a second woman has alleged that the senator inappropriately touched her during a photo-op.
Husband Jerry Menz told CNN that Franken "reached around her and kind of pulled her into him".
"It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek", she said". 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.