Another woman claims Bush grope

She said she was 16 when ex-pres­i­dent grabbed but­tocks.

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HOUS­TON — Another woman has stepped for­ward to ac­cuse former Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush of in­ap­pro­pri­ately touch­ing her.

Roslyn Cor­ri­gan told Time mag­a­zine that she was 16 when Bush grabbed her but­tocks as she posed for a photo with him in 2003 at a gath­er­ing of CIA of­fi­cers north of Hous­ton. She at­tended the event with her mother and fa­ther, who was an in­tel­li­gence an­a­lyst.

“My ini­tial ac­tion was ab­so­lute hor­ror. I was re­ally, re­ally con­fused,” she told the mag­a­zine. “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?’”

A spokesman for the 41st pres­i­dent, Jim McGrath, said in a state­ment Mon­day that Bush re­grets any of­fen­sive ac­tions.

“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,” he said.

Time spoke with seven peo­ple who said they had been told by Cor­ri­gan about the en­counter in the years after­ward.

Cor­ri­gan is at least the fifth woman to say Bush groped her. Time re­ports that a sixth woman, a re­tired jour­nal­ist in Penn­syl­va­nia, posted to Face­book last month that Bush touched her from be­hind dur­ing a 2004 photo op­por­tu­nity.

The sto­ries came to light af­ter tele­vi­sion ac­tress Heather Lind said last month that Bush, now 93, touched her from be­hind and told a dirty joke while they were pos­ing for a 2014 photo. McGrath at the time ex­plained that Bush has been in a wheelchair for about five years “so his arm falls on the lower waist of peo­ple with whom he takes pic­tures.” Bush, who served as pres­i­dent from 1989 to 1993, has vas­cu­lar parkin­son­ism, a rare syn­drome that mim­ics Parkin­son’s dis­ease, and he uses a wheelchair for mo­bil­ity.

“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,” McGrath said.

Bush was stand­ing along­side Cor­ri­gan for the photo taken in 2003.

JOHN GLASER / CAL SPORT ME­DIA / ZUMA PRESS / TNS

Former Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W.

Bush sits dur­ing the pregame events last week at NRG Sta­dium in Hous­ton, where the Hous­ton Texas were play­ing the In­di­anapo­lis Colts. At least five women have come for­ward to say that the former chief ex­ec­u­tive, now 93, groped them. A sixth woman made a sim­i­lar claim on her Face­book page last month.

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