AUSTIN, Texas – A woman from the state of Michigan has accused former US President George H. W. Bush of grabbing her rear without her consent in April 1992, at an event leading up to the election he lost to Bill Clinton.
The woman said in an interview that aired Friday on the CNN news channel that the abusive behavior occurred during a group photo op in Dearborn, Michigan, at a campaign event for Bush senior’s reelection.
“We got closer together for a family photo and it was like ‘Holy crap!’” she said, describing the moment Bush touched her buttocks.
“It was like a gentle squeeze,” she added.
The woman, now age 55, said that at the time she thought the touch by the then-president was “probably an accident,” but that now, seeing all the similar accusations going around, she decided to tell her story.
“All the focus has been on ‘He’s old.’ OK, but he wasn’t old when it happened to me,” she said.
At the time, the former president was 69.
That complaint brings to seven the number of women who have accused Bush in recent weeks of groping them, starting with actress Heather Lind, who alleged that the former president touched her inappropriately while they were posing together at the presentation of a television series in 2013.
The latest accusation was made public last Monday by Roslyn Corrigan, who charged the former chief executive of abusive touching at an event in November 2003, when she was age 16 and Bush senior was 79.
“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,” the former president’s spokesman, Jim McGrath, told Time magazine, the publication that reported the latest scandal.
Besides the three women previously mentioned, actress Jordana Grolnick, writer Christina Baker Kline, former political candidate from Maine, Amanda Staples, and Pennsylvania journalist Liz Allen were also outraged at being groped by the former president without their consent at events between 2004 and 2016.
Alabama’s Republican candidate for the US Senate, Roy Moore, this week faces his fifth accusation of sexually abusing minors, after a woman revealed that the politician harassed her when she was 15 years old and working as a waitress.
These accusations came after a campaign against sexual harassment exploded as a result of the recent Harvey Weinstein scandal, in which dozens of women accuse one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers of supposed abusive behavior and alleged rape.