Eighth Franken accuser comes forward as Dems call for resignation

Eighth Franken accuser comes forward as Dems call for resignation
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A former Democratic staffer on Wednesday became the eighth woman to accuse Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenAl Franken on another Senate run: 'I'm keeping my options open' Andrew Cuomo and the death of shame Could Andrew Cuomo — despite scandals — be re-elected because of Trump? MORE (D-Minn.) of sexual misconduct just hours after two dozen of his Senate Democratic colleagues called for his resignation.

Tina Dupuy, a onetime communications director for former Rep. Alan GraysonAlan Mark GraysonFlorida Rep. Val Demings officially enters Senate race against Rubio Demings raises Democrats' hopes in uphill fight to defeat Rubio Demings planning to run for Senate instead of Florida governor MORE (D-Fla.), wrote in The Atlantic that Franken groped her at a 2009 Media Matters party celebrating then-President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein Obama Obama backs Trudeau in Canadian election Former Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Senate Democrats ding Biden energy proposal MORE's inauguration.

"Then I saw Al Franken," Dupuy writes of the party. "I only bug celebrities for pictures when it’ll make my foster mom happy. She loves Franken, so I asked to get a picture with him. We posed for the shot. He immediately put his hand on my waist, grabbing a handful of flesh. I froze. Then he squeezed. At least twice."

Dupuy added that the alleged incident happened "quick; he knew exactly what he was doing."

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"It shrunk me," she added. "It’s like I was no longer a person, only ornamental. It said, 'You don’t matter—and I do.' He wanted to cop a feel and he demonstrated he didn’t need my permission."

Democratic senators came out in droves Wednesday in calling for Franken to resign after another accuser told Politico he tried to forcibly kiss her in 2006. Franken intends to hold a press conference to discuss his future on Thursday.

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandHochul tells Facebook to 'clean up the act' on abortion misinformation after Texas law Democratic senators request probe into Amazon's treatment of pregnant employees The FBI comes up empty-handed in its search for a Jan. 6 plot MORE (N.Y.) was the first Democratic senator to call for his resignation. 

"While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn’t acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve," Gillibrand said Wednesday in a Facebook post shortly after the Politico report.

 

This article was updated at 7:09 p.m.