An actress has accused former President George H.W. Bush of sexually assaulting her in 2014 — and Bush has responded by claiming he was joking, according to Newsweek.
On Tuesday, actress Heather Lind wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post that the 93-year-old ex-president “touched me from behind” during a photo op three years ago before telling her “a dirty joke.” Lind appeared with Bush as part of a promotion for Turn: Washington’s Spies, a TV show about the American Revolution.
“He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side. He told me a dirty joke,” Lind wrote. “And then, all the while being photographed, touched me again. Barbara rolled her eyes as if to say ‘not again’.”
In a statement, a spokesperson for Bush apologized for the president’s “attempt at humor.” “President Bush would never — under any circumstance — intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind,” Jim McGrath, the spokesperson, told Newsweek.
In the now-deleted post, Lind documents being groped by Bush while he was in his wheelchair. As the Daily News reported, Lind wrote:
The accusation comes in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and a series of high-profile sexual assault allegations made against powerful men. Since the Weinstein scandal broke, female lawmakers like Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and a state lawmaker in Rhode Island have said they were sexually harassed by male politicians. George H.W. Bush is the latest politician to face these allegations.