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.
"I take thousands of photos at the state fair surrounded by hundreds of people, and I certainly don't remember taking this picture", he said. "I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected". SNL Weekend Update co-anchor Colin Jost took on Franken and the photo he tweeted in which he apparently gropes Tweeden as she slept on a plane on the November 18 episode.
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Menz said her own encounter with Franken, which she described as "uncomfortable", took place two years after he was elected to the Senate. The scandal has left Franken facing a Senate ethics investigation and calls to resign.
Franken has been regarded as a potential Democratic contender for president in 2020. "It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek". "It wasn't around my hip or side", Menz said.
As for the photograph, while the image of Franken and a sleeping Tweeden was instantly scandalous, CNN published the photo of Franken and Lindsay Menz, and at first blush, it appears unremarkable. "I don't want to paint my story in the same light as hers", Menz said, saying she believes what happened to Tweeden is much worse. "It was definitely on my butt". ". In our experience, we know Al as a devoted and dedicated family man, a wonderful comedic performer, and an honorable public servant".
Menz said she had a brief and cordial exchange with the senator. While practicing for a USO show in Afghanistan that they were to perform for US troops, Franken forcibly kissed her and shoved his tongue into her mouth, she said.More news: Arab League delivers harsh criticism of Iran, little action
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