Another disturbing allegation has been leveled against former President George H.W. Bush, this time by a woman who says she was just 16-years-old when she was groped by the Republican.
…and she shared the photo which the story revolves around.
The alleged incident took place in November 2003, at an event in The Woodlands, Texas, office of the Central Intelligence Agency — Bush would have been 79 years old at the time.
Roslyn Corrigan was at the event with her father, a CIA officer, and told Time she had political dreams and was excited to meet the elder Bush. Corrigan said Bush grabbed her buttocks as she posed with him for a picture.
A similar complaint made by five other women, though Bush was not in a wheelchair when posing with Corrigan.
“My initial action was absolute horror. I was really, really confused,” Corrigan said.
“The first thing I did was look at my mom,” she said, “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?’”
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Corrigan’s mother, Sari Young, was also in the photo and said her daughter told her about the encounter as soon as Bush stepped away, Time reported.
“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 said. “I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, what just happened?’”
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Bush spokesperson Jim McGrath has previously admitted that the former president has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner,” in large part due to a sizable height difference with Bush being confined to a wheelchair.
“George Bush simply does not have it in his heart to knowingly cause anyone harm or distress, and he again apologizes to anyone he may have offended during a photo-op,” McGrath said in a statement to TIME in response to the Corrigan accusation.
While it may be intended as a “harmless prank,” victims are clearly finding no humor in the ill-advised behavior.
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