A former Capitol Hill staffer has stepped forward with more allegations of sexual misconduct from ex-Senator Al Franken.
The accuser is the ninth woman to claim Franken groped her.
Mediaite’s Charlie Nash reports:
In the cover story for New York Magazine this week, the unnamed woman claimed to have been groped by Franken in 2006.
“I was just out of college in my first job, working for U.S. Senator Patty Murray,” the woman claimed, alleging, like many other Franken accusers, that while taking a photograph with the former senator, “he puts his hand on my ass.”
“He’s telling the photographer, ‘Take another one. I think I blinked. Take another one.’ And I’m just frozen. It’s so violating. And then he gives me a little squeeze on my buttock, and I am bright red,” she recalled. “I don’t say anything at the time, but I felt deeply, deeply uncomfortable.”
The woman further alleged that for a long time she was too scared to say anything and that the incident “rocked my confidence … This created a moment of reflection on like, Who the hell do you think you are? There is something that tells men that they, particularly those who have a lot of power, that they have access to my body in some way that is based on the hierarchy of the organization that we’re working in or society or whatever it is.”
Franken resigned from the U.S. Senate in January of 2018.