Another woman has come forward to accuse Senator Al Franken of sexual misconduct.
For her first broadcast interview, Army veteran Stephanie Kemplin spoke to McIntyre in the Morning’s Doug McIntyre and Leeann Tweeden. In fact, Stephanie says she was inspired to tell her story after hearing from Leeann, who was the first person to accuse Franken of sexual misconduct.
“When I saw Leeann’s story come across my Facebook news feed, I literally felt like the rug was pulled out from underneath me. It was like a bad movie reel in my head. All kinds of bad memories came back.”
Stephanie, who was an Army MP in Kuwait in 2003, says she looked forward to going to the show, because then comedian Al Franken was one of the entertainers.
“”It’s not uncommon for USO Tours to come to our camp so when I found out that Al Franken was going to be one of the celebrities visiting, I was really excited to meet him. When I was younger, we really enjoyed watching him on Saturday Night Live.”
Kemplin says nothing prepared her what was coming when she stood next to Franken and posed for a picture.
“I remember he had liquor on his breath. That’s one of the things I remember. Senator Franken put his arm around me and his hand was on my right breast and I immediately got embarrassed. Like does he know he’s touching me like that? I froze. I was just so embarrassed.”
She goes on to say you never know what you’re going to do in a situation like that, but as a mom to a little girl, she says she knows that she has set the example.
“How am I, going to teach my daughter to say hey, tell Mommy if somebody touches you inappropriately? Tell Mommy if somebody is bullying you at school, but yet Mommy can’t do that for herself. If it’s wrong, it’s wrong and you have to say something.”
Kemplin says that’s the main reason she came forward and hopes other women do the same.
Kemplin was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning.
Sharon Reardon, KABC News