Claiming it was just an attempt at humor, former President George H.W. Bush has apologized after an actress accused him of “sexually assaulting” her during a photo op.
Heather Lind, 34, who starred in AMC’s “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” posted photos and a lengthy explanation on Instagram (which has since been deleted), detailing how the 93-year-old former president touched her backside while he was in his wheelchair.
“When I got the chance to meet George H. W. Bush four years ago to promote a historical television show I was working on, he sexually assaulted me while I was posing for a similar photo. He didn’t shake my hand. He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side. He told me a dirty joke,” Lind accused.
A spokesperson for the former president responded in a statement to DailyMail.com, saying, “President Bush would never – under any circumstance – intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind.”
Lind claimed that the unwanted touching happened not once, but twice. “And then, all the while being photographed, [he] touched me again. Barbara rolled her eyes as if to say ‘not again.’ His security guard told me I shouldn’t have stood next to him for the photo.”
The photo she’s referring to was taken at a private screening of the AMC series that included the former president and first lady in March of 2014 in Houston, Texas.
Standing alongside Lind and the Bushes were her fellow cast members, Seth Numrich, Samuel Roukin, Ian Khan, Kevin McNally and Burn Gorman.
“We were instructed to call him Mr. President,” said Lind in her post. “It seems to me a President’s power is in his or her capacity to enact positive change, actually help people, and serve as a symbol of our democracy. He relinquished that power when he used it against me and, judging from the comments of those around him, countless other women before me.”
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