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Woman Says George H.W. Bush Groped Her When She Was 16

Roslyn Corrigan is at least the fifth woman to claim Bush groped her

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    Actress Accuses George H.W. Bush of Touching Her From Behind

    A television actress has accused former President George H.W. Bush of touching her from behind while she was posing for a photo alongside him and telling her a dirty joke. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017)

    Another woman has stepped forward to accuse former President George H.W. Bush of inappropriately touching her.

    Roslyn Corrigan tells Time magazine that she posed for a photo with Bush in 2003 at a gathering of CIA officers north of Houston.

    She was 16 at the time and attended the event with her mother and father, who was an intelligence analyst.

    Corrigan says as the photo was being taken, Bush dropped his hand to her buttocks and squeezed.

    "My initial reaction was absolute horror. I was really, really confused,” Corrigan told Time. "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?'"

    Time spoke with seven people who said they had been told by Corrigan about the encounter in the years afterward. Her mother, Sari Young, confirmed to NBC News her daughter's remarks and declined to comment further. 

    A spokesman for the former president, Jim McGrath, told NBC News Bush "simply does not have it in his heart to knowingly cause anyone distress, and he again apologizes to anyone he offended during a photo op."

    Corrigan is at least the fifth woman to claim Bush groped her.

    The stories came to light after television actress Heather Lind said last month that Bush, now 93, touched her from behind and told a dirty joke while they were posing for a 2014 photo.

    McGrath at the time explained that Bush has been in a wheelchair for about five years "so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures."

    Bush, who served as 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 on occasion, he has patted women's rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner," McGrath said.