One of the women who accused Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., of sexual assault said she wanted the senator to more fully address the allegations against him during his speech Thursday announcing his resignation from the Senate, while another woman said his resignation gave her “validation."
Lindsay Menz accused Franken of sexual assault, saying the Minnesota Democrat grabbed her butt while they were posing for a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010, while he was a senator.
“I definitely wanted more answers today,” Menz told ABC's "Nightline," in reaction to Franken’s announcement. “I expected for him to come and share the truth, share what he had experienced, you know, give us some sort of resolve to the situation, and I don’t feel like there was resolve to the situation today.”
In his resignation speech on the Senate floor, Franken did not admit wrongdoing and said some of the allegations made against him aren’t true, while others involve incidents he remembers differently.
Menz said she was hoping for Franken to address the specific accusations made by the women, but he didn’t.
“I felt like he was going to share his point of view,” she said. “I felt like he was going to either say, you know, ‘I did these things, and I’m sorry for doing these things. I shouldn’t have done them.’ Or, you know fully renounce them, because he hasn’t fully renounced them.”
Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles radio host who was the first woman to reveal Franken’s inappropriate behavior, told “Nightline” that as though “my voice was heard.”
“People have asked me, ‘Do you feel relieved?’” Tweeden said of Franken’s resignation. “I said, ‘No, I don’t know that I’ll ever feel good about it.’”
Tweeden said Franken forcibly kissed her while the two were practicing a skit during a USO tour in 2006. She also shared a photo of a smiling Franken grabbing her breasts while she slept on a plane at the end of the tour.
Franken, a comedian at the time, was elected to the Senate two years after the incident.
Seven more women said Franken groped or forcibly tried to kiss them both before and while he was a senator. He announced Thursday he is resigning from the Senate in the coming weeks.
Tweeden told “Nightline” that Franken’s announcement of his resignation gave her “some sort of validation.”
“It doesn’t make me feel good, but I would use that word,” she said.
After Tweeden spoke publicly about Franken's inappropriate behavior three weeks ago, the Senate Ethics Committee opened an investigation into the allegations. Senate Democrats were silent on Franken's political future, saying instead the probe should be completed first.
But that changed Wednesday after a seventh accuser came forward and said Franken tried to forcibly kiss her, saying it was his right “as an entertainer” to do so.
Then, an avalanche of Senate Democrats said the Minnesota Democrat should step down from Congress.
Franken has not given a specific date for when his resignation would be effective, saying only it would be in the coming weeks.