Another woman accuses George HW Bush of groping her

REUTERS  Adrees Latif

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Former president George H.W. Bush has been accused by a sixth woman of touching her without consent, when she was just 16 years old.

Roslyn Corrigan said she met Bush at a November 2003 event in The Woodlands, Texas.

"I was really, really upset - she was very upset, she was really, really mad", she said of her daughter's reaction. But Bush was 79 years old at the time of Corrigan's alleged incident and not yet in a wheelchair, so she claims that "excuse for his senile, old man antics... is not true". "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 meant to be a good-natured manner", said spokesman Jim McGrath in a statement.

The issue erupted three weeks ago when actress Heather Lind accused Bush of groping her as they posed for a photo taken during a promotion for a television show.

"What does a teenager say to the ex-president of the United States?" she asked.

The former president served as CIA director in the 1970s, and the agency's headquarters in Langley, Va., is named for him.

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Bush's spokesperson said the former president has "patted women's rears" in a "good-natured manner". And I believe that it might be meant that way, but it isn't 1950, you can't just go around slapping women on the ass to say good job. "I was like, 'Oh my goodness, what just happened?'"

The spokesman said it was an "attempt at humour" and Mr Bush's use of a wheelchair meant his arms fall below people's waist when he takes pictures with them.

Bush is one of dozens of powerful politicians and celebrities to be accused of sexual misconduct since actor Alyssa Milano launched the Me Too campaign in October, encouraging women to share their stories on social media after Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual harassment by more than a dozen women. It was unmistakable. It was not just a pat. She said he told her a dirty joke and later grabbed her rear again while the photos were being taken.

The incidents have also raised questions about the role of his family in preventing such contacts from occurring.

Amen said illnesses like his can lead to unusual behavior.

However, Grolnick said she doesn't think that excuses Bush's behavior.

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