Stephanie Kemplin, 41, a former military policewoman, told CNN that Franken used a photo opportunity as a chance to cup her breast for “five to 10 seconds” on a USO tour in Kuwait in December 2003. She is the fifth woman to accuse the former comedian and liberal senator of inappropriate contact this month.
"When he put his arm around me, he groped my right breast. He kept his hand all the way over on my breast," Kemplin, pictured above with Franken, 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."
She was so shocked, she says, that she never challenged the senator. "It was long enough that he should have known if it was an accident,” she said. “I'm very confident saying that."
Kemplin told the news network that reliving Franken’s surliness in recent weeks had triggered traumatic memories of a sexual assault she suffered at the hands of a fellow soldier in Kuwait, also in 2003. She reported the soldier to her chain of command, and what happened next is pretty nuts, according to CNN:
Kemplin was eventually told that while the whole incident was "totally inappropriate behavior," the accused specialist was not guilty of "indecent assault." In addition, she was told that she was "responsible" for having allowed the male specialist to get close to her.
Asked about Kemplin’s allegation against Franken, a representative of the senator 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."
Multiple friends and relatives of Kemplin corroborated her account of the encounter with Franken, which she had told them about shortly after the fact. It is also consistent with the broad strokes of other women’s allegations against the senator. CNN also noted that Kemplin is a registered Republican who said she’d voted for Donald Trump for president.
Kemplin, for her part, told CNN she expects not to be believed by some people, because it took 14 years for her to talk about what happened to her. "Nobody wants to believe anybody if you don't immediately stand up and say something,” she said.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.