Sixth woman accuses former United States president Bush of groping

Sixth woman accuses former United States president Bush of groping

A sixth woman has come forward to accuse former president George H.W. Bush of groping her during a photo op - when she was just 16 years old.

A spokesman for Bush, Jim McGrath, has addressed the accusations, saying that Bush "has patted women's rears in what he meant to be a good-natured manner". The spokesperson also says Bush wasn't trying to offend anyone.

Last week, The Post published an extensive report detailing the experience of Leigh Corfman, who said Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama initiated a sexual encounter with her in 1979, when she was 14 years old. Corrigan is the sixth woman since October 24 to accuse Bush publicly of grabbing her buttocks without consent.

Corrigan is the sixth woman to accuse the 41st US president of touching them during photo calls.

"What does a teenager say to the ex-president of the United States?" she asked.

"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", Corrigan told Time.

In an interview with TIME, Roslyn Corrigan claimed she was inappropriately touched by the former president during an event in Texas in 2003.

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The spokesman said it was an "attempt at humour" and Mr Bush's use of a wheelchair meant his arms fall below people's waist when he takes pictures with them.

"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 meant to be a good-natured manner", McGrath said.

On Nov. 2 Laura Bush told CNN that the allegations against her father-in-law were "very innocent incidents".

Lind and Grolnick said former first lady Barbara Bush saw the incidents. "I was like, 'Oh my goodness, what just happened?'"

In the photo taken with Corrigan, he was not in a wheelchair and is clearly shown standing. "He told me a dirty joke".

The mother and daughter had met Bush at a Central Intelligence Agency office in The Woodlands, Texas. Retired journalist Liz Allen wrote on Facebook that Bush touched her from behind while posing for a photograph in 2004. "I think in order for us to have progress and for women to reach the true equality we deserve to have, we need to stop making excuses and letting that be OK".

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