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

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Former President George H.W. Bush has been accused of groping by another woman, this time by a woman who says she was 16 at the time.

The recent allegation makes six women who have come forward to accuse Bush of touching them inappropriately, Time reports. Several of the women's accounts took place after Bush was confined to a wheelchair, but the account of Roslyn Corrigan, who was 16 at the time of the incident, took place in 2003, when the former president was still walking.

According to Corrigan, the groping took place at a November 2003 event in the CIA's office in The Woodlands, Texas, where her father worked. Bush was 79 years old at the time.

Corrigan said it took place during a photo op, a similar account to the other women who have accused Bush of misconduct.

"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 said. "I was like, 'Oh my goodness, what just happened?'"

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"My initial reaction was absolute horror," said Corrigan. "I was really, really confused."

"The first thing I did was look at my mom, and while he was still standing there, I didn't say anything," recalled Corrigan. "What does a teenager say to the ex-president of the United States? Like, 'Hey dude, you shouldn't have touched me like that?'"

"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," added Corrigan. "I was a child."

Corrigan's mother, Sari Young, said her daughter told her what had happened immediately after the photo shoot.

"When he left, my daughter Rosa said, 'He grabbed me on the rear end,'" recalled Young. "And I said, 'What, what?' And she said, 'Yes, he grabbed me when they were taking the picture. He grabbed me on my butt.' And I was like, 'Oh my god, are you kidding me?'"

"I was really, really upset -- she was very upset, she was really, really mad," Young added. She said that she would have confronted Bush about the incident "had it been just some Joe Blow or something. I'd probably chase him down and yell at him."

"But, you know, it's the president. What are you supposed to do?" said Young. "And you've got your husband's job that could be in jeopardy. I mean, you just didn't then. You should -- you should always have spoken up, always -- but we didn't."

Five other women, including actresses Heather Lind and Jordana Grolnick, former Maine Senate candidate Amanda Staples, author Christina Baker Kline, and retired journalist Liz Allen shared similar accounts of misconduct on the part of Bush since late October.

"We all circled around him and [former first lady Barbara Bush] for a photo, and I was right next to him," recalled Grolnick. "He reached his right hand around to my behind, and as we smiled for the photo he asked the group, 'Do you want to know who my favorite magician is?' As I felt his hand dig into my flesh, he said, 'David Cop-a-Feel!'"

Bush spokesperson Jim McGrath has said that the former president had previously "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," said McGrath.

"At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures," added McGrath, according to the New York Post.

Corrigan, now 30, said she rejects Bush's age as a defense, as he was younger and not confined to a wheelchair when the incident she described took place.

"When I heard that was the reason, like, 'Oh, he's just an old man and he doesn't know any better and he's just being harmless and playful and it's just where his arm falls ... I just burst into uncontrollable sobbing," said Corrigan. "I just couldn't sit with that. I can't. I cannot sit with that. I can't sleep anymore, because that's not true, and it's not an excuse."

Sources: Time (2), New York Post / Featured Image: AJ Guel/Flickr / Embedded Images: Corrigan family via Time (2)

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