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Army veteran accuses Senator Franken of groping during USO tour in 2003

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CNN reports a fifth woman has come forward and alleges U.S. Senator Al Franken groped her while she was deployed in Kuwait.

Stephanie Kemplin, 41, says the incident happened during a photo op during a USO tour.

According to CNN, Kemplin stated she met Franken while she was stationed in the Middle East during the Iraq War when he was a comedian and a writer.

Kemplin said Franken put his arm around her, and groped her breast, and kept his hand all the way over on her breast.

She went on to say she had never had a man put their arm around her and then cup her breast.

Kemplin said she was embarrassed to describe her reaction, and said she kept thinking, 'is he going to move his hand?  Was it an accident?  Was he going to move his hand?'

She added he never moved his hand, and it was long enough that he should have known if it was an accident.

Kemplin says the touching lasted anywhere from 5-10 seconds, and she eventually turned her body to shift Franken's hand off her breast before the photo was taken.

The photo, which was shared with CNN, shows a then 27-year-old Kemplin, with Franken's right arm wrapped around Kemplin's back and his hand on her side at chest-level, and doesn't appear to be on her breast in the photo.

Franken has said after past allegations that he "takes thousands of photos and has met tens of thousands of people, and he has never intentionally engaged in this kind of conduct."

Franken's spokesperson told CNN that Franken remains fully committed to cooperating with the ethics investigation.

Kemplin said she didn't say anything to Franken at the time, and also doesn't recall telling any other soldiers about the incident afterwards because she felt ashamed, however she did discuss it with many family members and relatives. 

CNN News contributed to this story.

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