A sixth woman is claiming she was groped by President George H. W. Bush when she was 16 years old in 2003.
Roslyn Corrigan alleges that Bush, then 79 years old, groped her buttocks during a November 2003 event in The Woodlands, Texas, office of the Central Intelligence Agency,TIME reported.
The woman was attending an event with her father who had gathered with fellow intelligence officers and family members to meet the former president.
She alleges that the incident happened while she was standing next to Bush while taking a photograph with her mother, Sari Young.
‘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?’
‘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?’
Corrigan told her mother about the alleged incident as soon as the former president walked away.
‘When he left, my daughter Rozi said, ‘He grabbed me on the rear end.’ And I said, ‘What, what?’ Sari told TIME.
‘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.’
Her mother added that she would have tried to do something at the time ‘had it been just some Joe Blow or something. I’d probably chase him down and yell at him.
‘But, you know, it’s the president. What are you supposed to do?
‘And you’ve got your husband’s job that could be in jeopardy. I mean, you just didn’t then. You should—you should have always spoken up, always—but we didn’t.’
Corrigan is the sixth woman to make a claim against the former president in recent weeks.
Prior to the recent allegations against Bush, seven people, including family members and friends, confirmed to TIME that they were made aware about the alleged incident involving Bush and Corrigan.
‘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,’ Bush spokesperson Jim McGrath told DailyMail.com in a statement.
McGrath has previously said that Bush ‘has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner.’
He’s also attributed the alleged misconduct to the fact that Bush has been confined to a wheelchair since 2012.
But when Corrigan met Bush in 2003, he was not in a wheelchair and was standing alongside her in the photograph.
She explained that when she heard his spokesman’s statement in regards to his use of the wheelchair, she said it bothered her because the ‘excuse for his senile, old man antics… is not true.’
‘When I heard that was the reason, like, ‘Oh, he’s just an old man and he doesn’t know any better and he’s just being harmless and playful and it’s just where his arm falls… I just burst into uncontrollable sobbing,’ Corrigan said.
‘I just couldn’t sit with that. I can’t. I cannot sit with that. I can’t sleep anymore, because that’s not true, and it’s not an excuse.’
She added that she became even more upset when she watched an interview with his daughter-in-law, former first lady Laura Bush, who spoke about the alleged incidents of sexual misconduct.
‘I’m just sad that we’ve come to this,’ Laura Bush told CNN. ‘That was something that was very, very innocent that he’s been accused of. But I know he would feel terrible.’
Corrigan said she was ‘floored’ when she heard her statement on CNN about the alleged incidents.
‘It completely floored me. I was actually there to be taken seriously, and I wasn’t,’ she said.
‘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.’
Corrigan said that she is speaking out now because she feels emboldened after seeing dozens of women come forward with their claims of sexual misconduct against politicians and Hollywood stars.
‘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,’ she said. ‘I was a child.’
WOMEN ACCUSING GEORGE H.W. BUSH OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
At least six women have come forward to accuse the former president of groping them while taking a photo.
- Actress Heather Lind was the first to come forward with her claim against Bush in a now-deleted Instagram post on October 24. She alleged he grabbed her buttocks while taking a photo alongside him as his wife, Barbara Bush, looked on. The incident allegedly happened during a 2014 screening for her show “Turn.”
- New York actress Jordana Grolnick came forward the next day alleging she had a similar experience with Bush while taking a photo with the former president on the set of a Maine production of “Hunchback of Notre Dame” in 2016.
- On October 26, best-selling author Christina Baker Kline accused Bush of groping her during a photo op in April 2014 at a Houston fundraiser event.
- On October 27, Amanda Staples, a former Republican state Senate candidate in Maine, accused Bush of groping during a photo op in 2006 while visiting him at Walker’s Point in Maine. Staples wrote about the alleged incident in an Instagram post where she shared the photo she took with Bush.
- Former journalist Liz Allen accused Bush of touching her inappropriately also on the buttocks during a photo op in 2004 when Bush was in Erie to attend a Manufacturer and Business Association event. Allen wrote about the allegation in a Facebook post.
- Rosyln Corrigan is the sixth woman to make a claim against the former president on November 13. She alleges that he groped her when she was 16 years old in 2003 while taking a photo in Texas at an event with members of the CIA.