Kemplin is the fifth woman to accuse Franken of sexual misconduct in recent weeks and the second to allege that he behaved inappropriately while on a United Service Organizations tour.
The woman, identified as army veteran Stephanie Kemplin, told the network that Franken - then a comedian and entertainer - groped her breast while they posed for a photo during a tour of the Middle East to entertain United States troops in 2003. Kemplin says she turned to shift Franken's hand off her breast before the picture was taken. "My sister is pretty bold and assertive and she said that she didn't know what to do". "It was long enough that he should have known if it was an accident", she said. The first woman alleged that Franken groped her while they took a photo together at a June 2007 event hosted by the Minnesota Women's Political Caucus.
Jezebel was able to confirm that the woman appeared on Franken's show and talked to two people, including the woman's sister, who said they were told about the incident nearly immediately. Was he going to move his hand? She was a military police officer and 27 at the time.
Franken has said he could not rule out the possibility that more women might come forward, insisting that he has posed for thousands of photos over his career. "He never moved his hand".
After the interview, the woman tells us, "I reached out my hand to shake his". "He remains fully committed to cooperating with the ethics investigation". A spokesperson for Franken told CNN late Wednesday that the senator "has never intentionally engaged in this kind of conduct".
The second woman claimed that Franken grabbed her behind in 2008 at a Democratic fundraiser. She says, too, that although they were in an extremely public place, no one noticed: "It was onstage in front of a full theater".
"When he put his arm around me, he groped my right breast".