An Army veteran becomes the fifth woman to accuse Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., of inappropriately touching her in December 2003.
Army veteran Stephanie Kemplin told CNN that Franken touched her breast while she was deployed in Kuwait in 2003. She said the alleged groping happened during a photo op during Franken’s USO tour.
“When he put his arm around me, he groped my right breast. He kept his hand all the way over my breast,” Kemplin told CNN In an interview published Thursday. "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."
Kemplin, 41, said she remembers thinking, “Is he going to move his hand? Was it an accident? Was he going to move his hand? He never moved his hand.”
A photo published by CNN showing Kemplin smiling with the left side of her face pressed up against Franken’s face does not appear to show Franken’s hand on her breast. His hand appears to be touching her back.
Kemplin said Franken touched her for several seconds until she turned her body to move Franken’s hand off her chest before the photo was taken.
Kemplin didn’t tell her fellow soldiers or confront Franken at the time because she said she felt embarrassed.
Kemplin’s sister, Amy Muddiman, and a former boyfriend, who asked not to be named, told CNN that Kemplin had told them both that Franken had inappropriately touched her.
"I just remember her telling me that he grabbed her breast and that she was so shocked about it," Muddiman said.
Four other women in the last two weeks have accused Franken of inappropriately touching them.
Radio host Leeann Tweeden accused Franken of forcibly kissing her during a USO tour in 2006. Tweeden also released a photo of Franken appearing to touch her breasts while she was sleeping.
Days later, Lindsay Menz came forward and said Franken groped her while posing for a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010, two years after he was elected to the Senate.
Two other women told the Huffington Post they attended events during Franken’s first Senate campaign where he touched their buttocks without permission.
A spokesman for Franken told CNN: "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."