WASHINGTON – Three women who have accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual assault stormed Sen. Al Franken’s office Wednesday, demanding the senator resign over sexual harassment allegations.
In a video posted to social media, Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, and Leslie Millwee can be seen barging into Franken’s Washington D.C. office.
“We are at Al Franken’s office, and we’re hoping that we get to see him,” Broaddrick said before entering Franken’s office.
“I don’t think we’ll get anywhere, but at least we can say we were here,” Willey added.
An aide called Franken at the women’s request, however, the senator did not show up. Instead the Capitol Hill police arrived to show the women out.
Prior to storming Franken’s office, Broaddrick, Willey, and Millwee held a press conference reviving their allegations against Clinton. While recounting their encounters with the former president, the women also turned their attention to the sitting lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct–Franken and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). The women called for the resignation of Franken and Conyers.
“I’m here to demand the resignation of Al Franken and John Conyers,” Willey said. “They are not sorry. Their apologies are weak. The only reason they apologized is because they were caught.”
Franken has been caught up in a sexual harassment firestorm since Leeann Tweeden first came forward with her claims that Franken “kissed and groped” her without consent on a USO Tour in 2006. Three more women, including Lindsay Menz, accused Franken of groping during his time as a senator.
Now two more women have accused Franken of sexual misconduct.
Stephanie Kemplin, an army veteran, told CNN Franken groped her in December 2003 while she was deployed in Kuwait. Kemplin alleges Franken, in the Middle East on a USO Tour, groped her breast during a photo op.
“When he put his arm around me, he groped my right breast. He kept his hand all the way over on my breast,” Kemplin told CNN. “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 told CNN the groping lasted five to ten seconds before the was able to shift Franken’s hand to her side.
“It was long enough that he should have known if it was an accident. I’m very confident saying that,” Kemplin told CNN.
Another woman, an unnamed former elected official in New England, told Jezebel Franken tried to give her a “wet, open-mouthed kiss” during a live taping of Franken’s Air America show.
“I reached out my hand to shake his,” the woman told Jezebel. “He took it and leaned toward me with his mouth open. I turned my head away from him and he landed a wet, open-mouthed kiss awkwardly on my cheek.”
The woman, who describes her politics as liberal, said she was “stunned and incredulous” and believes the accusations against Franken from other women.
Franken addressed some of the allegations in a news conference on Capitol Hill this week.
“This has been a shock and it’s been extremely humbling. I am embarrassed. I feel ashamed,” Franken said.
Franken returned to work on Monday, and firmly refuses to resign his Senate seat.