After actress Heather Lind accused former President George H. W. Bush of sexual harassment, five other women have since come forward with their own experiences with Bush, all of which involving him groping their buttocks during photo shoots.
Here are all six of the accusers:
Heather Lind posted on Instagram in October saying Bush had sexually assaulted her.
Lind, who starred in the AMC series “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” wrote that the former US president touched her from behind repeatedly at a press event in March 2014. The photograph in which Bush touched Lind can be seen here.
Bush’s spokesman apologized to Lind on Bush’s behalf.
“President Bush would never – under any circumstance – intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind,” his statement read.
Unnamed woman in 1992
Another woman said Bush groped her while he was a sitting president in 1992 during a campaign event in Dearborn, Michigan.
The woman, who did not wish to disclose her name for fear of unwanted media attention, said that Bush grabbed her buttocks while she took a photo with him and her father.
“We got closer together for a family photo and it was like ‘Holy crap!'” she told CNN. “It was like a gentle squeeze.”
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.”
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A woman named Rosalyn Corrigan described a similar incident that took place when she was 16 years old in 2003, during the presidential term of Bush’s son, former President George W. Bush.
The alleged incident occurred at a gathering of CIA officers Corrigan had attended with her parents, one of whom was an intelligence officer. Corrigan told Time that the president, then 79, grabbed her from behind as she posed for a photo with him and her mother.
“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,” Corrigan told Time.
Corrigan and her family did not go public with the accusation for fear of jeopardizing her father’s job at the CIA.
After she did, Corrigan said Bush’s subsequent apology made her even more upset.
“When I heard that was the reason, like, ‘Oh, he’s just an old man and he doesn’t know any better and he’s just being harmless and playful and it’s just where his arm falls’… I just burst into uncontrollable sobbing,” Corrigan said. “I just couldn’t sit with that. I can’t. I cannot sit with that. I can’t sleep anymore, because that’s not true, and it’s not an excuse.”
Christina Baker Kline
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Novelist Christina Baker Kline came forward with her own accusations against the former president last month in a piece that was originally published on Slate. She said that during a photo session with Bush in April 2014, the former president had a curious exchange with her.
“You wanna know my favorite book?” Bush whispered as the cameraman was getting ready for the shot.
Just in time for the shot, Bush told her it was “David Cop-a-Feel,” while simultaneously squeezing her buttocks.
In the car ride home, when Kline mentioned the incident to her husband, their driver seemed to imply she had heard it before.
“I do trust you will be … discreet,” she said to them.
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New York actress Jordana Grolnick told Deadspin that Bush groped her during a photo op at a theater in Maine last year, and used a strikingly similar tactic to the one he used on Kline.
“We all circled around him and Barbara for a photo, and I was right next to him,” Grolnick told Deadspin. “He reached his right hand around to my behind, and as we smiled for the photo he asked the group, ‘Do you want to know who my favorite magician is?’
“As I felt his hand dig into my flesh, he said, ‘David Cop-a-Feel!'”
Grolnick said that people in the room “laughed politely and out of discomfort” and that the former first lady Barbara Bush “said something along the lines of, ‘He’s going to get himself put into jail!'”
“I just thought, ‘Whatever. He’s a dirty old man,'” Grolnick said.