Former President George H.W. Bush is facing new allegations from a MI woman who said he touched her inappropriately while he was in office at an event in April 1992.
She is the seventh woman to accuse the 41st United States president of touching them during photo calls.
Former President George H.W. Bush has been hit with new accusations of sexual misconduct from a MI woman who alleges that he touched her inappropriately in April 1992 while he was president, CNN reported Thursday.
The woman says she was taken aback by the groping, but didn't feel comfortable calling attention to it at the time and rationalized it to herself, thinking, "it was probably an accident".
The 55-year-old MI woman says the incident occurred in 1992 during Bush's failed re-election campaign. At the time, Bush, who is now 93, was 67.
"We got closer together for a family photo and it was like 'Holy crap!'" she told CNN, describing the moment Bush touched her buttocks. "It wasn't across the waist", the woman's ex-husband told CNN, recalling how his former wife told him about the incident shortly after it allegedly occurred.
Corrigan said that she and her mother, Sari Young, were posing for a picture with Bush when he groped her buttocks. While age and physical disability would factor into any determination, Settgast said, "I don't necessarily think that just because someone's infirm, they wouldn't be able to be held accountable". She said she chose to come forward after reading similar allegations against Bush in recent weeks, and seeing his team excusing the behavior as an attempt at humor from an elderly man.
"He didn't shake my hand".
The alleged groping happened after Bush asked her to take a photo with him, Lewis said. The outlet also notes that McGrath did not wish to comment when contacted about this accusation.
Liz Allen, city councilwoman in Eerie, Pennsylvania and former editor at the Erie Times-News, claims Bush touched her rear end in 2004. McGrath further stated that Bush tells his joke "to put people at ease", and he occasionally has "patted women's rears in what he meant to be a good-natured manner".
Bush's spokesperson, Jim McGrath, previously said that because Bush is confined to a wheelchair, his hands fall at the waists of those with whom he takes photos and that he "has patted women's rears in what he meant to be a good-natured manner". Amanda Staples, a former Republican candidate for state Senate in ME, said Bush groped her in 2006.