The woman says she was brought to tears when she first heard of the other accusations against Franken.
A former Senate aide is alleging that former Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, who resigned in disgrace in January 2018, grabbed her buttocks without her consent in 2006.
“I was just out of college in my first job, working for U.S. Senator Patty Murray,” the unnamed woman told New York Magazine.
The woman worked the photo line, and when it was her turn to be photographed with Franken, she said, “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. I don’t say anything at the time, but I felt deeply, deeply uncomfortable.”
A military veteran who is now a senior staffer at a major progressive organization, she is the ninth woman to accuse Franken of inappropriate conduct and the fourth to say Franken grabbed her butt. New York also spoke to three individuals in whom she had confided after the first Franken accusations emerged; she says that she did not tell anyone about the incident after it happened out of embarrassment.