Update: Sixth woman alleges inappropriate conduct from Franken

She's the second person to have her story published Thursday.

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.


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.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-09-16 at 6.56.30 PM

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for central MN, part of Twin Cities

A line of storms is making its way across the state.

Flickr - Enbridge Line 3 Palisade - Lorie Shaull

DNR orders Enbridge to pay $3.32M over Line 3 environmental violations

The pipeline company breached a groundwater aquifer, causing water to flow uncontrolled into a trench.

Eric Kendricks

Eric Kendricks misses practice, lands on injury report

The star linebacker headlines a lengthy list ahead of Week 2.

WIkimedia commons covid vaccine moderna

3 Twin Cities counties reach 16+ vaccination rate of 80%

More than 8 in 10 residents of that age group have gotten at least one dose.

Flickr - Burlington store exterior -

New Burlington location opens in Minneapolis Friday

To celebrate, the company is donating $50K to a neighborhood group and nearby school.

Top Ten Liquors Minnetonka rendering

Top Ten Liquors plans another Twin Cities location

The high-end wine bar and grocery space would take over a former Champps.

London Michael Bean go fund me

Teen charged with fatal shooting of 12-year-old London Bean

A warrant has been issued for the 18-year-old's arrest.

Minnesota Wild

Wild announce national TV broadcast schedule

The Wild will have 13 games nationally televised this season

suni lee

St. Paul's Suni Lee named to Time's list of 100 Most Influential People

Lee won three medals at the Tokyo Olympics, including an all-around gold.

Dunn County WI homicide suspect

1 arrested in quadruple killing, with 'armed and dangerous' suspect at large

The four victims were found in an abandoned SUV in rural Wisconsin.

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

Rape, incest suspect from Indiana is caught in St. Cloud

The 40-year-old was found in an apartment building.

Rep Tim Miller mn leg

MN rep calls upholding of TX abortion law 'great news for America'

Rep. Tim Miller also outlined a new abortion-related bill he plans to introduce.


Multiple Democratic senators call on Al Franken to resign after latest allegation

A dozen of his Democratic colleagues have called on him to resign, after a 7th woman accused him of sexual harassment.

Al Franken again accused of inappropriately touching a woman

A woman alleges that Franken grabbed her buttocks during a 2006 event.

New Al Franken allegation: Woman says the senator grabbed her butt during State Fair photo

She told CNN it happened during a photo at the Minnesota State Fair.

36 women from 'SNL' sign a letter saying Franken never acted inappropriately with them

Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman are among those who signed the letter vouching for their experience with Franken.

Sen. Al Franken keeps a low public profile as fallout from groping photo continues

Here's a look at some of the big updates from the past couple days.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand defends role in Al Franken's resignation

She was the first Democratic senator to call on Franken to resign.