New Groping Allegation Against Bush Sr. Has Big Difference

Woman says Bush grabbed her butt while he was president
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2017 4:48 PM CST
Woman Claims Bush Sr. Groped Her During Presidency
George HW Bush, seen here in 2008, has been accused of groping an eighth woman.   (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

The most recent groping allegation against George HW Bush—the eighth so far—is the first to accuse the former president of inappropriate touching during his time in office. In an exclusive interview, a 55-year-old woman tells CNN that Bush grabbed her butt while they posed for a photo during a fundraiser in Michigan for his 1992 re-election campaign. "It was like 'Holy crap!'" she says. "It was like a gentle squeeze." The unnamed woman says she doesn't think anyone else noticed what Bush did, and she at first tried to brush it off, telling herself "it was probably an accident."

The woman says she's rethought the incident amid the growing list of women accusing Bush, now 93, of grabbing their butt during photo-ops. "All the focus has been on 'He's old.' OK, but he wasn't old when it happened to me," she says. The other alleged incidents occurred between 2003 and 2016. A friend and ex-husband both tell CNN the woman told them about the incident shortly after it happened. The woman showed CNN the photo of her and Bush, as well as texts her ex-husband and a coworker sent her about the incident when the first groping allegations were made last month. "The hand definitely was across the butt. It wasn't across the waist," the woman's ex-husband says. A spokesperson for Bush refused to comment. (More George HW Bush stories.)

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