- The Washington Times - Monday, November 13, 2017

George H.W. Bush apologized again Monday after a sixth woman came forward to accuse the former president of groping her during a photo op.

“George Bush simply does not have it in his heart to knowingly cause anyone distress, and he again apologizes to anyone he offended during a photo op,” Mr. Bush’s spokesman, Jim McGrath, said in a statement.

Rosyln Corrigan told Time magazine in a piece published Monday that she was 16 years old when Mr. Bush grabbed her buttocks during a 2003 photo op at a CIA office in The Woodlands, Texas.

“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,” Ms. Corrigan recalled.

“My initial reaction was absolute horror. I was really, really confused,” she said.

Five other women have gone public in recent weeks with similar stories alleging that the former president grabbed them from behind while posing for a photo.

Mr. McGrath has previously apologized on Mr. Bush’s behalf for the former president’s poor “attempt at humor.” Last month, he issued a statement explaining that Mr. Bush, who has been confined to a wheelchair for the past five years due to vascular parkinsonism, sometimes cracks jokes “to try to put people at ease,” because his arm naturally falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures, and that he has, at times, “patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner.”

Mr. McGrath declined to respond to allegations by two of the women who said Mr. Bush was standing when he allegedly grabbed them, Time reported.

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