Former President George H.W. Bush has been accused of groping a 16-year-old woman in 2003 after 5 different girls claimed the politician sexually assaulted them. Roslyn Corrigan says she was a young person when the now-93-year-old grabbed her butt throughout an occasion in Texas.
“My preliminary response was absolute horror. I used to be actually, actually confused,” she tells TIME. “The very first thing I did was take a look at my mother and, whereas he was nonetheless standing there, I didn’t say something. What does a young person say to the ex-president of the USA? Like, ‘Hey dude, you shouldn’t have touched me like that?’”
George H.W. Bush (left) in November 2003. (Picture Credit score: Getty Photographs)
The president beforehand issued an apology on Wednesday, Oct. 25, after actress Heather Lind accused the Texas native of inappropriately touching her throughout an occasion in 2014. The retired father-of-six’s spokesperson, Jim McGrath, issued an announcement to the Huffington Submit.
“President Bush would by no means — underneath any circumstance — deliberately trigger anybody misery, and he most sincerely apologizes if his try at humor offended Ms. Lind,” the assertion learn. Bush’s apology got here someday after Heather, 34, took to social media to share her story in a since-deleted Instagram submit.
Heather Lind. (Picture Credit score: Getty Photographs)
In response to Heather, the 41st POTUS “sexually assaulted” her throughout a photograph op at a non-public screening of her AMC present, Flip: Washington’s Spies, in 2014. “He didn’t shake my hand. He touched me from behind from his wheelchair together with his spouse Barbara Bush by his aspect,” she claimed. “He advised me a grimy joke. After which, all of the whereas being photographed, touched me once more. Barbara rolled her eyes as if to say ‘not once more.’ His safety guard advised me that I shouldn’t have stood subsequent to him for the photograph.”
Heather continued, “We have been instructed to name him Mr. President. It appears to me a President’s energy is in his or her capability to enact constructive change, truly assist individuals, and function an emblem of our democracy. He relinquished that energy when he used it in opposition to me. … What comforts me is that I can also use my energy, which isn’t so completely different from a President actually. I can enact constructive change. I can truly assist individuals. I generally is a image of my democracy. I can refuse to name him President, and name out different abuses of energy after I see them. I can vote for a President, partly, by the character of his or her character, figuring out that his or her political selections should essentially stem from that character.”
On the finish of her submit, the Demolition star defined that her co-stars comforted her within the wake of Bush’s alleged conduct. She additionally added that she does “not respect [Bush].”
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