In an interview with Time magazine published Monday, Roslyn Corrigan said she was 16 years old when Bush, then 79, touched her inappropriately at a November 2003 event in The Woodlands, Texas, office of the CIA, where her father had collected with fellow intelligence officers and family to meet Bush.
Corrigan told the magazine Bush groped her buttocks due to she and her mom, Sari Young, posed for an image with the past president.
“When the picture had been snapped, on the one-two-three he dropped his hands from my waistline right down to my buttocks and gave it a good, ripe squeeze, which would account for the fact that found in the photograph my mouth is hanging widely open,” Corrigan told Time, her first general public interview about the incident. “I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, what just happened?'”
“My initial response was absolute horror. I was really, actually confused,” Corrigan said. “The vital thing I did was look within my mom and, while he was still position there, I didn’t state anything. What does an adolescent say to the ex-president of america? Like, ‘Hey dude, you shouldn’t possess touched me like this?'”
CNN hasn’t independently confirmed Corrigan’s account. Neither Corrigan nor her attorney, Gloria Allred, would touch upon the matter to CNN Monday.
Corrigan’s account is comparable to those shared by at least three other girls who say they were touched inappropriately during picture ops with the past president. The magazine spoke with seven people, including Corrigan’s family and friends, who confirmed that that they had been told of the alleged groping incident ahead of the other new allegations.
Jim McGrath, a spokesman for Bush, issued an apology on the former president’s behalf in the wake of this latest allegation.
“George Bush simply does not have it in his cardiovascular system to knowingly trigger anyone distress, and he again apologizes to anyone he offended during a picture op,” McGrath told CNN.
In statement released last month in response to the prior allegations, McGrath noted the president’s advanced age and his physical limitations.
“At time 93, President Bush features been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures,” he wrote. “To attempt to put people at ease, the president routinely tells the same joke — and sometimes, he features patted women’s rears in what he designed to be a good-natured way. Some have observed it as innocent; others plainly view it as inappropriate. To anyone he has got offended, President Bush apologizes most sincerely.”
Within an interview with CNN in October, actress Jordana Grolnick, among the woman who says Bush groped her, described a 2016 incident where she said she was groped by Bush.
“He came backstage to take a picture with a group of females and he was in a wheelchair and he reached his palm around and thought to the group … ‘Do you know who the best magician is?’ And most of us stated, ‘No, who,’ and he said ‘David Cop-a-Look’ and at that moment, I felt him get my behind,” she stated.
McGrath confirmed to CNN found in October that he was referring to the David “Cop-a-Look and feel” joke mentioned by three of the women who’ve made allegations against the past president when he wrote last month’s statement.
Corrigan did not mention the joke found in the Time piece.
Actress Heather Lind, who also appeared found in the AMC’s series ‘Move: Washington’s Spies,” wrote that Bush touched her inappropriately a couple of years ago because they were posing publishing for an image and while she did not get into the specifics of the incident, she described the incident as a sexual assault.
“He didn’t shake my palm. He touched me from behind his wheelchair along with his wife, Barbara Bush, by his side and explained a filthy joke. And then, all the while being photographed, touched me again,” Lind wrote in a now-deleted post on Instagram.
A good third woman who wanted to remain anonymous told CNN she met Bush at a VIP event in Houston in 2015. She stated he squeezed her buttocks “a couple moments. It was unmistakable. It had been not simply a pat. It was a significant squeeze.”
Reactions to the revelations about Bush 41 have already been mixed, with some coming to the former president’s protection and attributing his actions to his time and physical condition — Bush features been confined to a wheelchair for the past several years and is suffering from a type of Parkinson’s disease.
In the picture taken with Corrigan, he had not been in a wheelchair and is plainly shown standing.
The incidents also have raised questions about the role of his family in protecting against such contacts from occurring.
In October — before Corrigan’s account was manufactured general public — CNN spoke with neuroscience and brain imaging expert Doctor Daniel Amen, who does not treat Bush, to ask about how precisely the previous president’s condition might affect his behavior.
Amen said illnesses like his can cause unusual behavior.
“It can also affect the front part of the human brain — things like judgment, forethought, impulse control and people who’ve never acted badly or perhaps inappropriately their very existence, all of the sudden they begin to do stuff that are out of personality,” Amen said.
He added that it’s noteworthy that the incidents allegedly happened past due in his life.
However, Grolnick stated she doesn’t think that excuses Bush’s behavior.
“No, I don’t think that excuses it, and I don’t think that explains it,” she said. “I believe in order for us to have improvement and for girls to reach the true equality we deserve to have, we have to stop making excuses and letting that be Okay.”