Rosyln Corrigan, was excited to meet the 41st president as a teenager, having dreamed of a career in politics. She told Time that Bush groped her 14 years ago while having his picture taken with her in the Woodlands, Tex., at the office of the CIA. Her father and other intelligence officers and their families came to hear Bush address the agency. Corrigan said,
“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.
My initial reaction was absolute horror. 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.
What does a teenager say to the ex-president of the United States? Like, ‘Hey dude, you shouldn’t have touched me like that?’”“
Corrigan told her mother about the incident as soon as Bush stepped away. She said she was upset, and that
“had it been just some Joe Blow or something” she would “chase him down and yell at him. But, 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.”
A spokesman for Bush, Jim McGrath, did not deny the allegations. He told The Washington Post in a statement that the former president,
“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.”
Corrigan is the sixth woman to make similar accusations against Bush in recent weeks. Three of the women — actresses Heather Lind and Jordana Grolnick and novelist Christina Baker Kline — said they were groped by Bush within the past four years.
In the cases of Grolnick and Kline, Bush told a joke about “David Cop-a-feel” being his favorite magician and book before allegedly groping their behinds.
Bush’s spokesman said in response that Bush, 93, has used a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm
“falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures. 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. Some have seen it as innocent; others clearly view it as inappropriate.”
But at the time of the CIA event in November 2003, Bush was 79, and did not use a wheelchair. He stood upright in his photograph with Corrigan and her mother, Sari Young.
On Nov. 1, Laura Bush, the wife of George W. Bush, told CNN that the alleged incidents against her father-in-law were innocent.
“I’m just sad that we’ve come to this. That was something that was very, very innocent that he’s been accused of. But I know he would feel terrible.”
“I thought, he’s a career politician… if anybody’s going to take me a little bit seriously or at least try to pretend he’s interested in what I have to say, it would be this guy. And he didn’t. All he did was grab my butt.”
Since October, dozens have gone public with allegations that both Harvey Weinstein & Kevin Spacey either sexually harassed or assaulted them, as well as 20 other high-profile men in Hollywood, the media and the political sphere have also been accused.
This is an epidemic and women (& men) have been dealing with it for as long as there have been people.
(Photo, Corrigan family; via Washington Post)