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Update: Sixth woman alleges inappropriate conduct from Franken

She's the second person to have her story published Thursday.
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For the second time Thursday, a woman has accused Sen. Al Franken of inappropriate behavior.

This one was reported by Jezebel, which says the woman – a former elected official from the New England area, who wanted to remain anonymous – appeared live on a taping of Franken's Air America radio show when it came to her town in 2006.

At the end of her interview, the woman says she reached out to shake Franken's hand. She says he took it, then leaned in with an open mouth, planting a "a wet, open-mouthed kiss" on her cheek when she turned her head.

According to Jezebel, the woman's friend and sister both confirmed she discussed the incident right after it happened.

This is the sixth person to come forward and publicly claim inappropriate behavior on the part of Franken. The other five all involve unwanted groping.

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Franken struggles to offer a clear answer to inappropriate touching claims

The senator has apologized repeatedly for the now-infamous photo of him on a USO Tour with Leeann Tweeden. And he's said he's sorry for making some women feel badly.

But he's never outright denied or acknowledged any of the inappropriate touching happened, saying he takes a lot of photos and doesn't remember those specific instances.

The original story from Thursday morning is below.

Another woman accuses Al Franken of groping her

Another woman has come forward accusing Minnesota Sen. Al Franken of inappropriate sexual behavior, saying he cupped her breast during a photo up.

Stephanie Kemplin, now 41, of Ohio, gave an interview to CNN on Thursday morning in which she alleges Franken groped her during a USO visit to the Kuwaiti base at which she was stationed in December 2003.

A big fan of Saturday Night Live, Kemplin – a military police officer at the time – said she waited in line to get a photo with the SNL alum when the alleged grope happened.

"When he put his arm around me, he groped my right breast. He kept his hand all the way over on my breast," Kemplin said. "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."

"It was long enough that he should have known if it was an accident. I'm very confident saying that," she added, saying the cupping lasted 5-10 seconds.

In a statement sent to GoMN on Thursday, Sen. Franken's office said: “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."

She is the fifth woman to accuse Franken of inappropriate behavior, and the third to give her name on record.

Since Leeann Tweeden became the first two weeks ago, Franken has faced calls to resign from his post, while he himself asked for his actions to be investigated by the Senate Ethics Committee.

He has so far resisted the calls for his resignation, saying he has to fight to regain the trust of Minnesota voters, but the emergence of a fifth accuser will put more pressure on the second-term senator, who is up for re-election in 2020.

Two other women accusing him say Franken touched them inappropriately while posing for a photo with him – both of them saying he cupped their butts.

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