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Al Franken's new accuser says he groped her on USO tour

Al Franken's new accuser says he groped her on USO tour

Kemplin is the fifth woman in two weeks to allege inappropriate touching by Franken, one of dozens of celebrities and public officials accused this year of sexual misbehavior. Stephanie Kemplin, an Army veteran, tells CNN that Franken groped her in 2003 during a USO tour in Kuwait.

Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles-based news anchor, came forward with the allegations in an op-ed published by KABC radio on Thursday that detailed an encounter with Franken during a tour of the Middle East to entertain United States troops in 2006.

Tweeden, who is now a Los Angeles radio anchor, released a photo of Franken smiling with his hands reaching for her breasts as she slept.

Kemplin told CNN that when Franken put his arm around her, "he groped my right breast". She said he held his hand there for at least 5 to 10 seconds.

"I've never had a man put their arm around me and after that cup my bosom. So he was holding my breast on the side", Kemplin said.

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Kemplin, 41, of OH, is the fifth woman to come forward with claims against the now Minnesota senator, and the second to allege the inappropriate behavior took place during a USO tour.

"I know there are no magic words I can say to regain your trust and I know that is going to take time", Franken told reporters on Capitol Hill on Monday. And I remember thinking - 'Is he going to move his hand?

Another woman, Lindsey Menz, said Franken grabbed her butt as they posed for a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.

She said Franken's behavior made her feel "embarrassed". Was he going to move his hand? Franken has apologized to Tweeden and the other women who have come forward, but he has combatted parts of their stories. But CNN reports Kemplin's sister and ex-boyfriend say she shared the incident privately at the time. He intends to fully comply with the Senate ethics investigation into his conduct.


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