Woman: 'Dirty Old Man' Bush 'Grabbed My Butt'

Amanda Staples is 4th woman to accuses ex-president of groping them
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2017 6:22 PM CDT
4th Woman Accuses George HW Bush of Groping
In this June 6, 2006 file photo, former President George HW Bush smiles as he and former President Bill Clinton, background, participate in a fundraising event at the Cape Arundel Golf Club in Kennebunkport, Maine.   (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach, File)

A fourth woman has accused George HW Bush of groping her, alleging similar details as three previous accusers: the former president grabbed her while posing for a photo and made an inappropriate joke, the New York Daily News reports. Amanda Staples says Bush "grabbed my butt and joked and said, 'Oh I'm not THAT president" during a photo-op. Vanity Fair states this was "presumably" a reference to Bill Clinton. Staples says the incident happened in 2006. At the time, the 29-year-old was running for a Maine senate seat that covers Kennebunkport, where Bush spends his summers, and visited Bush at Walker's Point, the Press Herald reports.

At the time, Staples says she "rationalized it" by saying Bush "became a dirty old man in his later years." She says she felt she had no choice but to come forward with her story now in the wake of other accusations. Staples says she "can only imagine how many women" have been victimized in the same way and that she would never tell her hypothetical daughter "to shrug it off because he was the president." Bush had previously been accused of groping two actresses and an author while making a "David Cop-a-feel" joke. “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 intended to be good-natured fun," a Bush spokesperson says. (More George HW Bush stories.)

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