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- Another woman has come forward to accuse former President George H. W. Bush of touching her inappropriately.
- The woman alleged that Bush groped her during a 1992 photo op.
Former President George H. W. Bush has been hit with new accusations of sexual misconduct from a Michigan woman who alleges that he touched her inappropriately in April 1992 while he was president, CNN reported Thursday.
The woman, who did not wish to disclose her name for fear of unwanted media attention, said that Bush grabbed her buttocks while she took a photo with him and her father during a fundraiser for the president’s re-election campaign in Dearborn, Michigan.
“We got closer together for a family photo and it was like ‘Holy crap!'” she told CNN. “It was like a gentle squeeze.”
The woman says she was taken aback by the groping, but didn’t feel comfortable calling attention to it at the time and rationalized it to herself, thinking, “it was probably an accident.”
Several other women who have accused Bush of nonconsensual touching say that the incidents occurred as they were taking photos with the former president.
Rosalyn Corrigan says Bush grabbed her behind during a photo op at a 2003 gathering of CIA officers with her mother and father, who was an intelligence officer. Corrigan was 16 at the time and Bush was 79.
“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 told Time. “I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, what just happened?'”
Other accusers include actress Heather Lind, who said Bush “sexually assaulted” her while they were posing for photos in 2014.
“He didn’t shake my hand. He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side,” Lind wrote in an Instagram post. “He told me a dirty joke. And then, all the while being photographed, touched me again.”
Bush’s spokesperson, Jim McGrath, previously said that because Bush is confined to a wheelchair, his hands fall at the waists of those with whom he takes photos and that he “has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner.”
“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 told Time in response to Corrigan’s allegations.
But both the Michigan woman and Corrigan said that when Bush groped them, they were both standing.
“All the focus has been on ‘He’s old.’ OK, but he wasn’t old when it happened to me,” the Michigan woman told CNN. “I’ve been debating what to do about it.”