Ohio veteran who says Senator Al Franken groped her speaks out about his resignation
WARREN CO., Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Minnesota Senator Al Franken is stepping down after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
"In the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate," Franken said in his announcement on the senate floor Thursday.
Franken is accused of forcibly kissing and groping several women.
One accuser, Army Veteran Stephanie Kemplin of Maineville in Warren County, said Franken groped her during a photo while she was stationed in Kuwait.
Kemplin told FOX 45's sister station WKRC she's upset Franken didn't take responsibility for the accusations Thursday.
"Some of the allegations against me are simply not true. Others I remember differently," Franken said during his speech.
The accusations against Franken started in November when a radio host alleged Franken groped and forcibly kissed her, after a suggestive picture surfaced.
Then, other women came forward, like Kemplin.
"I'm very disappointed that he wants to say that we took his actions in the wrong way, that its not the way he intended it, which I don’t know what other way you take groping," Kemplin said.
The Warren County veteran said she met Franken while she was stationed in the Middle East and he was on a USO tour.
She said just before a picture of the two was taken, Franken put his arm around her and cupped her breast.
"He has not taken responsibility for what he did and he continues to shame us, the women and men possibly, that he has put in these positions," Kemplin said.
Kemplin also said she thinks Franken was trying to shift the blame off himself when he referenced allegations against President Trump and Roy Moore.
"There is some irony that I am leaving, while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the oval office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate," Franken said.
"How can you claim to be a champion of women, but then on the side conduct yourself inappropriately in groping and whatever the other things he's accused of," Kemplin said.
The Governor of Minnesota will now appoint someone to fill Franken's seat.
A special election is expected to take place next year to permanently fill the seat.