By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2017 1:06 PM CST
(Newser) – A sixth woman has come forward to accuse George HW Bush of groping her, and Roslyn Corrigan says she was just 16 when it happened. It was 2003, and Corrigan’s father and other intelligence officers had brought their family members to an event to meet Bush, then 79. While she was standing next to the former president for a photo, “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 tells Time. Her mother, Sari Young, recalls that as soon as Bush walked away, her daughter told her, “‘He grabbed me on the rear end.’ And I said, ‘What, what?’ And she said, ‘Yes, he grabbed me when they were taking the picture. He grabbed me on my butt.'”
Sari says they weren’t sure what to do because of whom they were dealing with. “You know, it’s the president. What are you supposed to do? And you’ve got your husband’s job that could be in jeopardy. I mean, you just didn’t then. You should—you should have always spoken up, always—but we didn’t.” “I was a child,” Corrigan adds. Multiple other friends and Corrigan’s ex-husband also say she told them the story. “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,” the former president’s spokesperson says in a statement to Time. Bush’s other accusers are an actress, another actress, an author, a former Maine Senate candidate, and a retired journalist, all of whom shared similar stories about groping that allegedly occurred during photo ops.