Female former SNL staffers sign ill-advised letter in support of Al Franken


Then as her husband held up her phone and got ready to snap a photo of the two of them, Franken "pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear", Menz said.

Last week, Los Angeles radio anchor Leeann Tweeden accused Franken of forcibly kissing her and groping her during a 2006 USO tour, before Franken was in office. Al Franken emerged Monday, this time from a woman who has accused Franken of grabbing her buttocks while taking a photo in 2010, according to a report from CNN. He told CNN he doesn't remember meeting Menz, but feels "badly" that she felt "disrespected". When her sister observed how close together she and Franken were posing, Menz responded: "Dude - Al Franken TOTALLY molested me!"

In a statement to CNN, Franken said he doesn't remember taking the photo with Menz and that he felt "badly" that she felt disrespected.

Three dozen women who worked at Saturday Night Live claim Franken had treated them with the "utmost respect and regard" in an open letter statement. The scandal has left Franken facing a Senate ethics investigation and calls to resign. Franken also issued a clear apology, although he said he did not recall the incident in the same way that Tweeden described it this past week in a KABC blog post.

More news: U.S. files suit to block US$85b AT&T-Time Warner merger

"To me, that sounds like the language of somebody who may have actually done this so many times, that it's normalized", said Biro. But she said the recent spate of women who have come forward in recent weeks about their own experiences of sexual harassment by powerful men had encouraged her to reveal her own story.

"It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek", she said".

The "SNL" staffers acknowledged Franken's behavior writing, "What Al did was stupid and foolish, and we think it was appropriate for him to apologize to Ms. Tweeden, and to the public".

She also says that she found a photo after returning home from the tour that shows Franken with his hands over her breasts and smiling.