Woman Says George HW Bush Groped Her When She Was 16


A sixth woman has come forward to say that former President George H.W. Bush groped her during a photo op.

Roslyn Corrigan has claimed he grabbed her bottom when she was aged 16 as they posed for a photo in 2003.

She was 16 at the time and attended the event with her mother and father, who was an intelligence analyst.

On Nov. 2 Laura Bush told CNN that the allegations against her father-in-law were "very innocent incidents".

Corrigan told Time that she was emboldened to share it publicly after other women in recent weeks said they were inappropriately touched by Bush in similar public settings. Bush was then 79 years old. Retired journalist Liz Allen wrote on Facebook that Bush touched her from behind while posing for a photograph in 2004.

After Lind's accusation, Bush's spokesperson apologized on the former president's behalf and said Bush, who has been confined to a wheelchair for about five years due to vascular parkinsonism, intended the gesture-touching women's behinds without their consent-in a "good-natured manner".

Her family has released a photo showing him standing alongside her at the November 2003 event. "I just burst into uncontrollable sobbing", said Corrigan.

"As soon as the picture was being snapped on the one-two-three he dropped his hands from my waist down to my buttocks and gave it a nice, ripe squeeze, which would account for the fact that in the photograph my mouth is hanging wide open", said Corrigan.

Corrigan said the fact that she was a child at the time "goes beyond a guy being inappropriate in the workplace to a peer or somebody in his age range". The women alleged that Bush had gabbed them on the rear during photos. "I was like, 'Oh my goodness, what just happened?'"

"He didn't shake my hand".

The first was actress Heather Lind, who accused the former leader of touching her from behind and telling her a "dirty joke", while she was posing for a photo beside him in 2014.

United States former President George H.W. Bush in attendance before the 2016 NCAA Men's Division I Championship semi-final game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Villanova Wildcats at NRG Stadium.

Bush's spokesperson, Jim McGrath, previously said that because Bush is confined to a wheelchair, his hands fall at the waists of those with whom he takes photos and that he "has patted women's rears in what he meant to be a good-natured manner". I can't. I cannot sit with that. "I think in order for us to have progress and for women to reach the true equality we deserve to have, we need to stop making excuses and letting that be OK".