Former President George H.W Bush has apologized after an actress accused him of “sexual assault” during a screening photo shoot.
Heather Lind, 34, who starred in “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” said the former president grabbed her from behind in 2014, from his wheelchair, during a screening for the show.
“I was disturbed today by a photo I saw of President Barack Obama shaking hands with George H. W. Bush in a gathering of ex-presidents organizing aid to states and territories damaged by recent hurricanes. I found it disturbing because I recognize the respect ex-presidents are given for having served. And I feel pride and reverence toward many of the men in the photo,” Lind wrote on Instagram.
“But 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. And then, all the while being photographed, 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,” she continued.
— superscope (@superscope) October 25, 2017
Lind, who played the character Anna Strong, said she told people on her AMC series about the incident and received support.
“My fellow cast-mates and producers helped me that day and continue to support me. I am grateful for the bravery of other women who have spoken up and written about their experiences. And I thank President Barack Obama for the gesture of respect he made toward George H. W. Bush for the sake of our country, but I do not respect him. #metoo,” she wrote.
In a statement to the Daily Mail, the 41st president seemed to acknowledge the incident occurred and apologized for it.
“President Bush would never – under any circumstance – intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologies if his attempt at humour offended Ms Lind,” Bush’s spokesman said
Lind has since deleted the post from her Instagram page.
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