HOUSTON – Another woman 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 when she posed for a picture with him in 2003 at a meeting of CIA officers to the north of Houston. She attended the event with her father and mother, who was an intelligence analyst.
“My first action was the absolute horror. I was really confused,” she told the magazine. “The first thing I did was look at my mother, 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? ‘Hey dude, you have not touched me?'”
A spokesman for the 41st president, Jim McGrath, said in a statement Monday, Bush regrets attacking actions.
“George Bush is simply not in his heart to knowingly someone in need, and he once again apologize to everyone he offended during a photo op,” he said.
Time spoke with seven people who said they had been told Corrigan about the meeting in the years that followed.
Corrigan is at least the fifth woman to say Bush groped her. The time reports that a sixth woman, a retired journalist in Pennsylvania, posted on Facebook last month that Bush hit her from behind 2004, during a photo opportunity.
The stories came to light after the television actress Heather Lind, said last month that Bush, now 93, hit her from behind and told a dirty joke as they pose for 2014 a picture. McGrath at the time explained that Bush has been in a wheelchair for about five years ” so that his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he makes photographs.” Bush, who was 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, occasionally, he has knocked the women in the back in what he intended as a good-natured way,” McGrath said.
Bush stood next to Corrigan for the photo taken in 2003. McGrath’s statement on Monday not to go in.