Tina Dupuy said Sen. Al Franken (pictured) groped her while posing for a photo during a get together for the liberal media watchdog group Media Concerns to celebrate Barack Obama’s initial inauguration as president. | Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images Woman tells magazine about 2009 Franken groping incident
Another woman came forward Wednesday with an allegation of sexual misconduct against Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who is facing phone calls to resign from a majority of Democratic senators.
Tina Dupuy said Franken groped her while posing for a photo during a get together for the liberal media watchdog group Media Concerns to celebrate Barack Obama’s first inauguration as president. Dupuy, who explained she’d been married for two years at that time, explained she approached Franken for an image, and he inappropriately touched her.
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“We posed for the shot,” she wrote found in a piece for The Atlantic . “He immediately put his hands on my waistline, grabbing a small number of flesh. I froze. Then he squeezed. At least twice.”
Dupuy said the incident “shrunk” her down from feeling such as a person to a mere ornament. “He wanted to cop a experience and he demonstrated he didn’t need my authorization,” she wrote.
Dupuy said the event occurred after a recount had been called for in a Senate race that Franken would go on to win to get his seat found in Congress.
The allegation emerges as Franken faces a firestorm of calls from Democratic officials in his own chamber to resign. An mind-boggling majority of Democratic senators, spearheaded by several female lawmakers Wednesday morning, called for the Minnesota lawmaker to stage aside amid various allegations of sexual misconduct.
“While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its assessment, I believe it might be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any sort of mistreatment of women in our culture isn’t acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY explained in a Facebook post.
Last month, LA radio broadcaster Leeann Tweeden came forward with a photo that appeared to show Franken groping her while they traveled overseas to entertain troops in the Middle East. Tweeden explained Franken also attempted to forcibly kiss her while rehearsing a skit.
Since then, several other women attended forward with allegations of misconduct against Franken, including a former congressional aide who told POLITICO that Franken similarly tried to forcibly kiss her following an interview on his radio program in 2006, before he became a senator.
The former staffer, whose identity POLITICO withheld over safety concerns, said she ducked in order to avoid Franken’s lips. As he exited the area, she said, Franken told her: “It’s my ideal as an entertainer.”
The women’s allegations have prompted a study by the Senate Ethics Committee.
Franken announced that he’d hold a news flash conference Thursday in which he is likely to address the demands his resignation.