Senator Al Franken is in a world of trouble. The Democrat lawmaker is being accused by two more women of inappropriate touching. Four women in total have accused Franken of sexual misconduct.
Huffington Post reports: The first woman, who spoke to HuffPost on condition of anonymity because she’s worried she’ll be harassed online for making the allegation, said Franken groped her when they posed for a photo after a June 25, 2007, event hosted by the Minnesota Women’s Political Caucus in Minneapolis.
The second woman told HuffPost that Franken cupped her butt with his hand at a 2008 Democratic fundraiser in Minneapolis, then suggested the two visit the bathroom together. She spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear that the allegation could affect her position at work.
“My immediate reaction was disgust,” the second woman said. “But my secondary reaction was disappointment. I was excited to be there and to meet him. And so to have that happen really deflated me. It felt like: ‘Is this really the person who is going to be in a position of power to represent our community?’” In a statement to the Huffington Post, Franken denied the allegations.
“It’s difficult to respond to anonymous accusers, and I don’t remember those campaign events,” said Franken. Amid Franken’s groping scandal, Fox News host Greg Gutfeld recently recounted footage of Franken on the Howard Stern Show in 1999, where the then-comedian is accused of kissing, grabbing Kathy Lee Gifford’s butt.
Transcript via Grabien News:
STERN: “He evidently, is legendary. And he did admit that he was very large. Are you large as well?
FRANKEN: “I really don’t know in comparison to other guys because I never really…”
STERN: “That’s a lie. You don’t look at other guys? Let me see yours.”
FRANKEN: “I have a medical condition and I wasn’t allowed to go in the shower but… “
STERN: “What kind of medical condition would prohibit you…[overtalk]
FRANKEN: “I don’t want to go into it. But I recently saw a porno movie, and I noticed how small the other guy’s penis is.”
STERN: “Are you serious you couldn’t get into the shower because of a medical condition [overtalk]
DELL-ABATE: “You know I was talking to Al earlier and he was telling me and I was asking him if he did Kathie and Regis and he’s actually told me he co-hosted with Kathie.”
STERN: “Oh my God, that had to be quite the experience.”
DELL-ABATE: “He said he kissed her and grabbed her ass.”
STERN: “Is she one of the biggest phonies on the planet? Seriously, how do you stomach.. you’re a satirist. Be honest. She is such a phony. How do you stomach that?”
FRANKEN: “Well, I… don’t know that. I wouldn’t say that she’s such a phony.
STERN: “Are you afraid to say that?”
FRANKEN: “No, I’m not afraid.”
STERN: “Are you afraid, you won’t will never be asked.”
A caller named “Big Black” phoned into the show, claiming the National Enquirer reported Franken was not allowed back on Kathy Lee’s show because he made her feel unconformable. Later on in the segment, Franken attempts to walk back grabbing Kathie Lee’s behind.
Transcript via Grabien News:
STERN: “Big Black, you’re on the air.”
BIG BLACK [caller]: “ …. what happened was, Mike Walker did a story about six months ago, he said Al was going to Kathie Lee’s show — she did get mad — she said, never have Al back on — she got mad that he grabbed her ass and everything — “
STERN: “Did you grab Kathie Lee’s ass?”
FRANKEN: “She grabbed my ass, I think he reported that and he was wrong…”
STERN: “And so she’s not mad at you.”
BIG BLACK [caller]: “After the show. It was a funny show.”
STERN: “Oh, after the show.”
FRANKEN: “You saw the show?”
BIG BLACK [caller]: “I saw it.”
STERN: “And you liked it.”
BIG BLACK [caller]: “Yeah. But I thought she was mad though. Because she wasn’t really handling the humor very well.”
STERN: “When you grabbed Kathie Lee’s ass, did your finger find a good spot? I had to word it that way, I’m sorry.”
FRANKEN: “I did not.”
BIG BLACK [caller]: “She was very uncomfortable in that show though.”
STERN: “You did not find a sweet spot. You didn’t grab her ass.”
[grunting. overtalk. laughing]
FRANKEN: “I certainly did not touch her in any way to arouse her or gratify her.”
BIG BLACK [caller]: “You should get Mike Walker on the phone because he — “
STERN: “Oh, whatever. I got Al here, I’ll take his word for it. Please — ”
QUIVERS: “Well, Al has already questioned the reliability — “
FRANKEN: “ The veracity — “
STERN: “The veracity of the story. Well, this has been fascinating.”
STERN: “Really, your career has been unbelievable and now we’ve learned everything about you.”