Al Franken, D-Minnesota, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Another woman is accusing Sen.
Former model Leeann Tweeden, who participated in USO tours alongside Franken in the early 2000s, claimed last week the then-comedian forcibly kissed and later groped her while she was sleeping in 2006.
Sen. Mitch McConnell said last week that the Senate Ethics Committee would launch an investigation into Franken's behavior, and he repeated this again yesterday in the wake of the new allegation by Menz. "I don't want to paint my story in the same light as hers", Menz said, saying she believes what happened to Tweeden is much worse.
"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. "And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed".
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Menz was emphatic that she "absolutely" would not have made a decision to share her story had Tweeden not done the same. She added, "It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek".
Menz told CNN she was visiting the fair with her husband and father, who was sponsoring a local radio station's booth. Both men affirmed that to CNN. SNL Weekend Update co-anchor Colin Jost took on Franken and the photo he tweeted in which he apparently gropes Tweeden as she slept on a plane on the November 18 episode.
The letter, posted on Twitter, headlined SNL Women Offer Solidarity In Support Of Al Franken, reads as follows: "We feel compelled to stand up for Al Franken, whom we have all had the pleasure of working with over the years on Saturday Night Live (SNL)".
At the same time, the president has been less forthcoming about Roy Moore, the Alabama Senate Republican candidate who has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct.
Franken said he doesn't disagree.
Franken canceled a sold-out book festival appearance scheduled for Monday in Atlanta to speak and promote his book, "Al Franken, Giant of the Senate".