A new accusation against Sen. Al Franken emerges, and the woman making it defended the red, white and blue

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., listens during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid, on her nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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A new feature in CNN tells the story of a woman who served her country in the U.S. Army and claims she was groped by Sen. Al Franken while stationed in Kuwait.

According to Stephanie Kemplin, Franken groped her breast while he was on a USO tour of the Middle East in 2003.

“When he put his arm around me, he groped my right breast. He kept his hand all the way over on my breast,” Kemplin told CNN’s MJ Lee. “I’ve never had a man put their arm around me and then cup my breast. So he was holding my breast on the side.”

Lee writes that Kemplin repeatedly started crying when describing the pain of the incident, saying she was too shocked and embarrassed at the time to say anything. To get out of the situation, Kemplin said she shifted herself around until Franken’s hand was resting on her back instead of her breast, as shown in the picture above.

“I was in a war zone … You were on a USO tour — are you trying to boost the morale of the troops or are you trying to boost your own?” she wondered aloud about Franken. “I just feel so sorry for that young girl in that picture.”

Kemplin is the fifth women this month who has accused Franken of sexual impropriety. She is the second woman who alleges that Franken groped her on a USO tour. The first, radio personality Leeann Tweeden, provided the media with a photo that shows Franken mugging for the camera while groping her breast while she slept.

Weeks before her run-in with Franken, Kemplin was assaulted by another member of the Army whom she slept near. She explained to CNN that Franken’s intentions seemed clear — this was no accident.

“It was long enough that he should have known if it was an accident. I’m very confident saying that.”
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., center, accompanied by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., left, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
A spokesman for Sen. Franken provided CNN with the following statement: “As Sen. Franken made clear this week, he takes thousands of photos and has met tens of thousands of people, and he has never intentionally engaged in this kind of conduct. He remains fully committed to cooperating with the ethics investigation.”
Franken has said that he has no intention of resigning from office. 

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