Two More Franken Accusers Come Forward | NTK Network Two More Franken Accusers Come Forward

Two More Franken Accusers Come Forward

CNN and Jezebel talked with more accusers against the Democratic senator who alleged he engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct.

By NTK Staff | 11.30.2017 @2:30pm
Two More Franken Accusers Come Forward

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) is facing new allegations on Thursday, as two new accusations of sexual misconduct against the Democratic senator surfaced.

CNN‘s MJ Lee reported early Thursday morning that army veteran Stephanie Kemplin accused Franken of grabbing her breast during a photo shoot in 2006. This incident occurred on the same USO tour that Leeann Tweeden alleged the senator forced her to kiss him and grabbed her breasts:

“When he put his arm around me, he groped my right breast. He kept his hand all the way over on my breast,” Kemplin said in an interview. “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 repeatedly used the word “embarrassed” to describe her immediate reaction at the time.

According to the CNN report, others corroborated Kemplin’s story with contemporaneous accounts.

Later in the morning, Anna Merlan of the feminist blog Jezebel reported that a sixth Franken accuser alleged the senator “tried to give her a ‘wet, open-mouthed kiss’ onstage.”

The woman, who remained anonymous, said that Franken tried the move about a year before he began his first campaign for Senate:

According to the woman’s account, she was working as the chair of her town’s Selectboard in 2006 when Franken, who was then a host for the progressive radio station Air America, came to her community. The woman was invited to appear as a guest in a live taping of his show and be interviewed in a theater in front of a large audience. Jezebel has independently confirmed that she appeared on the show.

After the interview, the woman tells us, “I reached out my hand to shake his.” Then, she says, “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.”

These accusations are piling up for Franken, whose career has been derailed after the past few weeks have unveiled a history of sexual misconduct.

Sign Up

for NTK updates every week.

View Privacy Policy