Sen. Al Franken during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on November 14, 2017, in Washington, DC. "I respect women. I don't respect men who don't".
The statement was released Friday, before the second woman's allegations came to light. Also, Lindsay Menz said Monday that Franken grabbed her buttocks while taking a photo at the Minnesota State Fair.
Menz, who is now a resident of Texas, had stationed herself at a booth inside the state fair sponsored by her father. They also said he's "doing a lot of reflecting".
Franken's office says that the senator has no recollection about his interaction with Menz, but it said that he felt sorry that she came away from their interaction feeling disrespected.
Menz said her own encounter with Franken, which she described as "uncomfortable", took place two years after he was elected to the Senate.
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Since Rapp named Spacey (Rapp had previously discussed the incident), multiple men have revealed their "me too" stories . He said that if the women's careers would have all gone "well" then it was basically fair trade.
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". But Tweeden said the photo had a devastating effect. Menz said she had a brief and cordial exchange with the senator.
Franken said he doesn't disagree. "But yeah - I was in shock, really". "I look at it now and I feel disgusted with myself". It isn't amusing. It's completely inappropriate. He hasn't appeared in public since Tweeden's allegation.
"The Al Frankenstein picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words", Trump Tweeted, referring to a picture of Franken groping or pretending to be groping a sleeping Tweeden.
The incident has prompted some calls for Franken to step down, but it seems unlikely that will happen, at least before the conclusion of an ethics investigation.
Franken was easily re-elected in 2014, and so won't be on the ballot again until 2020 should he choose to seek re-election to a third term.