Al Franken, a democratic U.S Senator and former comedian, has been accused by a second women this week of sexual misconduct. Lindsay Menz, who spoke to CNN on Monday, stated that Mr. Franken had grabbed her buttocks while her husband took a photo of them together at the state fair in 2010. The woman claims that at the time of the incident, she told her husband, mother, father, and sister of what had occurred.
Mr. Franken was initially accused of misconduct last Thursday when newscaster, Leann Tweeden, shared her story about being groped by the Minnesota Senator for a photograph while she was sleeping in 2006. She also recalled being forcibly kissed without her consent for a skit on the same trip. In his statement on the matter, Mr. Franken immediately apologized explaining that he doesn’t share the same recollection of the skit however feels shame in the photograph he took. The Senator claims that the photograph was meant to be humorous however now realizes his actions were inappropriate.
The story took political news by storm, which led both Democrats and Republicans to calls for an ethics investigation into the incident even though he was not in public office at the time. The Senate has been quick to react to the sexual assault claims against Mr. Franken, as they have already been struggling to contain the controversy against the Republican Senate Candidate, Roy Moore.
Sexual assault claims have been appearing in Hollywood news over the past several weeks after the New York Times released an investigation into multiple allegations and pay offs related to the Hollywood elitist, Harvey Weinstein. Celebrities such as Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie, and Gwyneth Paltrow have spoken out against the actor and have invoked the courage of other females in the industry to speak of their own experiences. Other male actors such as Louis C.K, Kevin Spacey, and multiple others have also been named in recent allegations, pulling support from their past and upcoming work while focusing on their misconduct.
President Donald Trump tweeted about the incident last weekend, weighing in on his thoughts about the situation involving Mr. Franken which in turn focused the spotlight back on himself. The President, during the 2016 campaign, had at least 16 women accuse him of sexual assault after an Access Hollywood video was released of him boasting about groping and kissing women without their consent. The President has remained notably silent in his own past allegations of sexual misconduct in addition to remaining quiet about the accusations against Mr. Moore.