Second Woman Says Al Franken Inappropriately Touched Her

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A group of women who worked alongside Al Franken on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" have signed a statement of support for the Minnesota senator amid sexual misconduct claims.

Last week, Los Angeles radio anchor Leeann Tweeden accused Franken of forcibly kissing her and groping her during a 2006 USO tour, before Franken was in office.

CNN says Menz reached out to the network on Thursday, hours after Tweeden made her story public.

According to Menz, the incident with Franken happened in a booth inside a state fair sponsored by her father, the Guardian reports.

As Al Franken continues to deal with the fallout of his sexual misconduct scandal, his old friends at Saturday Night Live are coming to his defense.

"It wasn't around my waist". It wasn't around my hip or side. "It was definitely on my butt", she said to CNN, recalling that the brazen act lasted three or four seconds.

A photo released by Menz shows Franken standing close to her, although his hands are not visible.

"If somebody wanted a picture, I would ask: should I put my arm on your back or your shoulder?" he said, and indicated that he felt particularly inclined to do so when taking photos with women. "I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected". "But what I heard today was very gross to me because he said if she felt disrespected, that he felt bad about that". Al Franken of unwanted sexual touching, with this alleged encounter occurring after he was elected.

Menz said she had a brief and cordial exchange with the senator.

The Senate is not in session this week, and as best as I can tell, none of Franken's colleagues have issued new statements today calling on his ouster. And they deserve to know that I am their ally and supporter. "There's no excuse", he said.

"I respect women. I don't respect men who don't", he added. "I have let them down and am committed to making it up to them". "Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?" Neither, they said, is registered with a political party.

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