Two more women say Al Franken groped them

Don’t think that a holiday would stop the growing list of reasons to ban men. 

Two more women have come forward accusing Minnesota Sen. Al Franken of inappropriate touching, adding their voices to two others who have done the same in the past week.

As reported on HuffPost last night, the sources say the incidents occurred during campaign events. The two most recent accusers brought their stories to the publication anonymously and without knowledge of each other. 

Both women said the senator put his hand on their rear ends without consent.

The first woman, a 38-year-old book editor, said she had taken a photograph with the then candidate after performing in a feminist choir at one of his 2007 campaign events.

 ”I saw him and asked if we could take a photo together for my mother,” the first woman told HuffPost, “and we stood next to each other … and down his hand went.”

The second woman said an incident happened at a fundraising event in 2008. She claims to have seen Franken there and introduced herself to him.

“I shook his hand, and he put his arm around my waist and held it there,” the second woman told HuffPost. “Then he moved it lower and cupped my butt.”

She said she felt “mortified” and try to excuse herself to go to the bathroom, only to have Franken quietly suggest that he join her.

She told HuffPost, “Sexual harassment happens so often, you have to learn how to move on,” 

Franken responded to HuffPost‘s report saying, “It’s difficult to respond to anonymous accusers, and I don’t remember those campaign events.”

The new accusations come after Leeann Tweeden, a radio broadcaster, was the first to go public last Thursday with her story of being groped and aggressively kissed by Franken on a USO tour in 2006, complete with a damning picture. That was followed on Monday when Lindsay Menz told CNN that Franken had grabbed her butt at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair, in a story very similar to these new allegations. 

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