Sen. Franken Groped Army Veteran During USO Tour

Rep. John Conyers D-Mich.,has been accused of sexual harassment by former staffers

The woman, who spoke anonymously to Jezebel, said that Franken attempted to kiss her on-stage at an event in 2006 shortly before he ran for Senate. The first, radio personality Leeann Tweeden, provided the media with a photo that shows Franken mugging for the camera while groping her breast while she slept. She's identified in CNN's Thursday report as Stephanie Kemplin, 41, of Maineville, Ohio.

The woman, identified as army veteran Stephanie Kemplin, told the network that Franken - then a comedian and entertainer - groped her breast while they posed for a photo during a tour of the Middle East to entertain USA troops in 2003. "He kept his hand all the way over on my breast", Kemplin said. Lindsay Menz of Frisco, Texas told CNN last week that Franken grabbed her buttocks while they were taking a photo together at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.

"I remember clenching up and how you just feel yourself flushed", she said.

She provided CNN a photo of the encounter, which does not show the contact from Franken she describes.

Sen. Al Franken D-Minn. has been charged by a fifth woman of inappropriate contact
View Slideshow Sen. Al Franken D-Minn. has been charged by a fifth woman of inappropriate contact J. Scott Applewhite AP

"I know there are no magic words I can say to regain your trust and I know that is going to take time", Franken told reporters on Capitol Hill on Monday. Was he going to move his hand?

The woman says she was in disbelief. "He never moved his hand". A spokesperson for Franken told CNN late Wednesday that the senator "has never intentionally engaged in this kind of conduct". "He remains fully committed to cooperating with the ethics investigation", the statement said. The appearance involved a live taping and an interview in front of a large audience.

The woman said she came forward anonymously because she did not want her name linked to Franken, but she wants Franken to take responsibility for his actions. "I turned my head away from him and he landed a wet, open-mouthed kiss awkwardly on my cheek".

"When he put his arm around me, he groped my right breast". "And the truth is, what people think of me in light of this is far less important than what people think of women who continue to come forward to tell their stories".

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