Former President George H.W. Bush has been hit with ANOTHER troubling groping allegation.
On Monday, for an interview with TIME, a woman opened up about an unsavory encounter she had with the former president back when she was only 16. Oof.
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According to Roslyn Corrigan, she was only a teen when she was groped on the buttocks by a 79-year-old Bush in November 2003. Apparently, Corrigan had the opportunity to meet 41 when she accompanied her father to an event at the Central Intelligence Agency office in The Woodlands, TX.
The event was attended by several intelligence agents and their loved ones. On the incident in question, Roslyn recalled:
“My initial action was absolute horror. I was really, really confused. 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?'”
Allegedly, George Sr. groped the youth while they posed next to each other for a picture. This claim is eerily similar to the five other allegations that have dropped recently. Tsk, tsk.
In fact, you can apparently see Roslyn’s horror in the photo, as she noted:
“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. I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, what just happened?'”
Ugh. To make matters worse, Corrigan has gotten many dismissive responses to her story over the years. She added:
“I don’t know, maybe it never really hit people that I was a child at the time and that goes beyond a guy being inappropriate in the workplace to a peer or somebody in his age range. I was a child.”
So sad. As for Bush Sr., he has since responded to the scandal via spokesperson Jim McGrath:
“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 has previously downplayed the groping scandals by blaming the hand placement on George’s confinement to a wheelchair. However, for the ’03 photo-op, the celebrated Republican was upright.
Corrigan’s mother Sari corroborated Roslyn’s story as she told the publication:
“When he left, my daughter Rozi said, ‘He grabbed me on the rear end.’ And I said, ‘What, what?’ And she said, ‘Yes, he grabbed me when they were taking the picture. He grabbed me on my butt.’ And I was like, ‘Oh my god, are you kidding me? … I was really, really upset — she was very upset, she was really, really mad.”
Since Bush was once one of the most powerful people in the world, the family felt powerless against the political great. Several others close to Roslyn have supported her claims against the former Commander-In-Chief.
Unsurprisingly, the groping left an impact on Roslyn as she concluded:
“It completely floored me. I was actually there to be taken seriously, and I wasn’t. I thought, he’s a career politician, almost 80 years old or something like that, if anybody’s going to take me a little bit seriously or at least try to pretend he’s interested in what I have to say, it would be this guy. And he didn’t. All he did was grab my butt.”
Bush’s other accusers include actress Heather Lind, up-and-comer Jordana Grolnick, author Christina Baker Kline, journalist Liz Allen, and former Maine Senate candidate Amanda Staples.
We’re grateful to all of these women for opening up about their experiences. Thank you for sharing, ladies!
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