The sexual misconduct allegations against Al Franken only continue to grow.
A FIFTH woman has come forward to accuse the Minnesota senator of sexual harassment as, on Thursday, Army veteran Stephanie Kemplin claimed she was once groped by the Saturday Night Live alum. How awful.
While visiting CNN, Kemplin stated that Franken cupped her breast for about five to 10 seconds during a photo op back in December 2003. Apparently, this alleged incident occurred during a meet-and-greet while the then comedian was on a USO Tour. This is the SECOND accusation of misconduct that is said to have taken place on a USO tour.
In case you forgot, broadcaster Leeann Tweeden led the charge against Al when she accused the seasoned politician of kissing her without consent AND of groping her while she slept during an ’06 tour of the Middle East. Smh.
On the alleged cupping incident, Kemplin shared:
“When he put his arm around me, he groped my right breast. He kept his hand all the way over on my breast. I’ve never had a man put their arm around me and then cup my breast. So he was holding my breast on the side.”
Kemplin was stationed in the Middle East for the Iraq War and served as a military police officer. She was only 27 at the time:
“I remember clenching up and how you just feel yourself flushed. And I remember thinking ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ is he going to move his hand? Was it an accident? Was he going to move his hand? He never moved his hand. It was long enough that he should have known if it was an accident. I’m very confident saying that.”
Stephanie provided photographic evidence (below) of her meeting with Franken and said she shifted her body to force Al’s hand off of her breast.
“And I remember thinking ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ is he going to move his hand?”
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In response to the latest accusation, a Franken spokesperson told CNN:
“As Sen. Franken made clear this week, he takes thousands of photos and has met tens of thousands of people and he has never intentionally engaged in this kind of conduct. He remains fully committed to cooperating with the ethics investigation.”
Kemplin felt inspired to come forward with her claim after seeing other brave women speak out against the famed Democrat. Stephanie is also a victim of sexual assault while serving overseas.
And it seems that other victims have been inspired, like Kemplin, to speak out. Amid Stephanie’s CNN appearance, a SIXTH woman made troubling claims against the comedian turned public figure. A former elected official in New England told Jezebel that Al attempted to give her a “wet, open-mouthed kiss” onstage during an ’06 event. This incident apparently took place just before his run for public office.
Understandably, the come on left the woman “stunned and incredulous.” While the alleged victim hopes her admission forces Franken to take responsibility for his actions, she has decided to keep her name out of the press. She explained:
“I want my name associated with my own accomplishments, and not publicly linked to a man’s bad behavior.”
Fair enough. So how exactly did the accuser meet the senator?
Reportedly, the woman was the chair of her town’s Selectboard when Al came to visit. The former public servant was invited to be a guest on a live taping of his show, Air America. She recalled:
“I reached out my hand to shake his. He took it and leaned toward me with his mouth open. I turned my head away from him and he landed a wet, open-mouthed kiss awkwardly on my cheek.”
Ugh. On how she reacted to the inappropriate move, the woman added:
“I was stunned and incredulous. I felt demeaned. I felt put in my place. It was onstage in front of a full theater… It was insidious. It was in plain sight and yet nobody saw it… The other women’s accounts of him grabbing their buttocks in front of their mothers and husbands, I believe them.”
Man, oh man. It sounds like it’s time for Franken to be canceled once and for all…
[Image via WENN.]