A new accuser has stepped forward with shocking claims that former president George H. W. Bush, groped her buttocks when she was just 16.
Roslyn Corrigan said in an interview with Time magazine published Monday that she met Bush when she and her family were at The Woodlands, Texas, office of the CIA, for a November 2003 event in which her father and other intelligence officers and family members gathered to meet the ex-president.
Corrigan said that she and her mother, Sari Young, were posing for a picture with Bush when he groped her buttocks.
“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,” Corrigan recalled. “I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, what just happened?'”
“My initial reaction was absolute horror. I was really, really confused,” Corrigan said. “The first thing I did was look at my mom and, while he was still standing there, I didn’t say anything. What does a teenager say to the ex-president of the United States? Like, ‘Hey dude, you shouldn’t have touched me like that?'”
At least three other women have accused Bush of similar actions, with bizarre stories of photo opportunities gone wrong.
Jim McGrath, a spokesman for Bush, has since responded to Corrigan’s story.
“George Bush simply does not have it in his heart to knowingly cause anyone distress, and he again apologizes to anyone he offended during a photo op,” McGrath told CNN.
Last month, McGrath also noted that the stories of groping were also related to Bush’s physical disabilities.
“At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures,” he wrote. “To try to put people at ease, the president routinely tells the same joke – and on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner. Some have seen it as innocent; others clearly view it as inappropriate. To anyone he has offended, President Bush apologizes most sincerely.”