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Al Franken Has 8 Accusers, Here's What They Say

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By    |   Thursday, 07 December 2017 11:51 AM

Sen. Al Franken is resiging after a total of eight women came forward and accused the Minnesota Democrat of sexual misconduct by inappropriate touching, either before or after he took office in 2008.

The allegations led dozens of Democratic senators to call for his resignation Wednesday, and he officially made the announcement on Thursday, CNN reported.

Here is a look at what each of his accusers have said:

1. Leeann Tweeden — The Los Angeles radio anchor came forth last month and said Franken had forcibly kissed and groped her without her consent during a 2006 USO tour, before he became senator.

Tweeden also publicly shared a photo taken during the tour that showed her sleeping aboard a military plane and Franken posing with his hands over her chest.

Franken has since issued an apology for those incidents.

2. Lindsay Menz — The 33-year-old spoke out against Franken right after Tweeden, accusing him of groping her buttocks while posing for a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.

By then Franken was a first-term senator. He has said he can’t remember the incident taking place but has shown remorse for the accusations brought forth by Menz.

3. Anonymous woman — She said the senator slid his hand down to her buttocks while they were working together during campaign events between 2007 and 2008.

4. Anonymous woman — She painted the picture of a serial groper, noting how Franken had touched her buttocks, also during campaign events in the late 2000s.

5. Stephanie Kemplin — The Army veteran told CNN that Franken groped her during a photo op in December 2003 while he was on a USO tour and she was deployed in Kuwait.

"I remember clenching up and how you just feel yourself flushed," she said. "And I remember thinking — is he going to move his hand? Was it an accident? Was he going to move his hand? He never moved his hand."

In response to the allegations, a Franken spokesperson told CNN that Franken "takes thousands of photos and has met tens of thousands of people and he has never intentionally engaged in this kind of conduct."

6. Anonymous womanABC News noted that this woman, an elected official who did not want to be named, accused Franken of attempting to give her a "wet, open-mouthed kiss" in 2006 during an onstage event.

"I reached out my hand to shake his," she told Jezebel. "He took it and leaned toward me with his mouth open. I turned my head away from him and he landed a wet, open-mouthed kiss awkwardly on my cheek."

7. Anonymous woman — Franken allegedly tried to force a kiss on a former congressional aide, who wished to keep her name anonymous, in 2006 after a taping of his radio show, according to ABC News.

"He was between me and the door, and he was coming at me to kiss me," she told Politico. "I knew whatever was happening was not right, and I ducked."

8. Tina Dupuy — Writing about her account in The Atlantic this week, Dupuy accused Franken of groping her in 2009 while posing for a photo at a party during the first Obama inauguration.

"He immediately put his hand on my waist, grabbing a handful of flesh," she wrote. "I froze. Then he squeezed. At least twice."

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