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Army veteran claims Al Franken groped her breast during 2003 USO tour

Another girl has come ahead to accuse Sen. Al Franken of groping her during a USO tour — this time, an Army veteran who reportedly claims the Minnesota Democrat cupped her breast whilst taking a photograph in Kuwait in 2003. 

Stephanie Kemplin, 41, of Maineville, Ohio, was once the 5th girl to accuse the senator of irrelevant conduct, CNN reported. She was once additionally the second one particular person to allege an incident during a USO tour. Three girls have come ahead publicly and the opposite two have remained nameless.

Kemplin advised CNN that Franken, who was once a author and comic on the time, was once visiting the warriors when she waited in line to take a photograph with the “Saturday Night Live” alum. During the come upon, Franken allegedly “groped” her breast.

“When he put his arm around me, he groped my right breast. He kept his hand all the way over on my breast,” Kemplin advised CNN. “I’ve never had a man put their arm around me and then cup my breast. So he was holding my breast on the side.”

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Kemplin advised the media outlet she recalled feeling “embarrassed” and puzzled if Franken would transfer his hand or if it was once an coincidence.

“I remember clenching up and how you just feel yourself flushed,” she stated. “And I remember thinking — is he going to move his hand? Was it an accident? Was he going to move his hand? He never moved his hand.”

“It was once lengthy sufficient that he must have identified if it was once an coincidence. I am very assured pronouncing that,” the veteran added.

Kemplin stated the grope lasted about five to 10 seconds prior to she became clear of Franken with a purpose to get his hand off her breast, simply prior to the was once snapped.

A spokesperson for Franken advised Fox News: “As Sen. Franken made clear this week, he takes thousands of photos and has met tens of thousands of people and he has never intentionally engaged in this kind of conduct. He remains fully committed to cooperating with the ethics investigation.”

CNN reported the veteran broke into tears more than one instances during the interview whilst recalling the incident.

“I was in a war zone. … You were on a USO tour — are you trying to boost the morale of the troops or are you trying to boost your own?” Kemplin stated. “I just feel so sorry for that young girl in that picture.”

The veteran stated she didn’t say anything else to Franken during the alleged incident and does now not keep in mind telling her fellow infantrymen about it both.

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“You’re immediately put on the spot. What are you going to do? What are you going to do? Your mind goes a mile a minute,” the veteran stated. “Who was I going to tell?”

The girl advised CNN she advised members of the family, kinfolk and an ex-boyfriend of the alleged incident. Amy Muddiman, Kemplin’s sister, advised CNN she recalled the veteran telling her about Franken groping her.

“I just remember her telling me that he grabbed her breast and that she was so shocked about it,” Muddiman stated. “My sister is pretty bold and assertive and she said that she didn’t know what to do.”

The ex-boyfriend, who requested to not be named, reportedly stated he may now not recall the main points however remembered Kemplin telling him, “he went to put his arm around her and copped a feel.”

Kemplin stated she reached out to Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles radio host, who was once the primary girl to return ahead with sexual misconduct allegations towards Franken. Tweeden stated the senator forcibly kissed her and groped her during a 2006 USO tour, prior to he was once elected to the Senate.

Kemplin stated Tweeden’s tale made her recall the incident between her and Franken. Tweeden and Kemplin spoke and the radio host hooked up her to a CNN reporter.

Kemplin advised CNN she additionally reported to her platoon sergeant a separate incident in 2003 by which she was once “inappropriately touched by a member of their unit.” An investigation was once initiated.

Documents mentioned Kemplin was once advised the alleged incident was once “totally inappropriate behavior” however the specialist was once “not guilty of indecent assault.” 

CNN reported Kemplin was once honorably discharged in 2008.

Kemplin advised CNN she suffered from post-traumatic rigidity dysfunction after coming house from her tour in Iraq. She now works as a federal contractor who investigates Medicare fraud.

Franken did his first press convention Monday for the reason that allegations surfaced and stated he was once “sorry” however hopes to regain the general public’s believe and self assurance by way of getting “back to work.” The Senate Ethics Committee would possibly release an investigation into Franken, and the senator stated he would cooperate.

After Tweeden got here ahead with her allegations two weeks in the past, Lindsey Menz advised CNN the senator grabbed her buttocks in 2010 after they posed in combination for an image at a Minnesota state truthful. Two different girls, who remained nameless, reported such incidents to the Huffington Post. One girl stated Franken groped her in 2007 during a photograph on the Minnesota Women’s Political Caucus. The different stated he cupped her bottom together with his hand in 2008 and recommended that they move to the toilet in combination at a Democratic fundraiser in Minneapolis.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram, Joseph Weber and The Associated Press contributed to this record.

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