Woman says George H.W. Bush groped her when she was 16
A sixth woman has come forward accusing former President George H.W. Bush of groping her under the guise of putting an arm around her for a photo. Roslyn Corrigan told Time she was 16-years-old when 41 allegedly touched her inappropriately at her father’s work event, a gathering of CIA analysts, in 2003. Corrigan said that she was absolutely aghast that a former president would grab a teenager’s ass.
“My initial action was absolute horror. I was really, really confused,” Corrigan said. “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?’”
After other women came forward claiming that the former president manhandled their butts, the Bush family released a statement blaming his hand placement on the fact that he’s been in a wheelchair since 2012. This instance occurred almost ten years prior to Bush needing to use a wheelchair. Another woman accused Bush of groping her while posing for a picture in 2006. Again, this was well before he needed to use a wheelchair.
“George Bush simply does not have it in his heart to knowingly cause anyone harm or distress,” Bush’s spokesperson told Time, “and he again apologizes to anyone he may have offended during a photo op.”
Saying that you’re sorry someone was offended by your inappropriate behavior isn’t the same as actually apologizing.