Former President George H. W. Bush has apologized to an actress who accused him of sexual assault during a screening of her television show in 2014.
The actress, Heather Lind, 34, said the former president inappropriately touched her from behind as they posed for a photo at the screening of her AMC series “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” four years ago while his wife, Barbara Bush, stood beside him in his wheelchair.
“President Bush would never — under any circumstance — intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind,” his spokesman, Jim McGrath, said in a statement to the media.
Lind said the president told her a “dirty joke” and “touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side,” in a now deleted Instagram post.
The actress said that the president’s staff told her she should not have stood next to him during the photo.
Reactions to the accusation and apology varied on social media.
Hey, let’s define “sexual assault” down to a touch and joke.
— Google “CNN,175,Sue” (@NolteNC) October 25, 2017
I’m no fan of George H.W. Bush, but after reading this, from her since deleted Instagram post, I don’t believe Heather Lind for a second. pic.twitter.com/Wl4FychwxG
— Charles Overture (@CharlesOverture) October 25, 2017
George H. W. Bush, in an apology, called his groping Heather Lind an “attempt at humor”. What an asshole. pic.twitter.com/WZY7d2VSCq
— Charles Clymer?️? (@cmclymer) October 25, 2017
Shut up heather lind and others. sort your metoo’s privately @twitter stop disrespecting President Bush by highlighting
— Kay Bal (@Kaybal) October 25, 2017
Sexual assault is a new liberal badge among Democrats. It’s now a tool by the left to be used against the right. https://t.co/dOjxQuP4OF
— Harry Kary (@Harry_Kary) October 25, 2017
Lock him up! Many more women will come forward about this scumbag now. We cant lecture the world until we reestablish our moral standing
— Eric (@beijingeric) October 25, 2017
Is that where it is at now? You want him in prison?
I’m calling the BS! In his 93 years, not a single accusation ever! Then all of a sudden, liberal predators start falling, and this? ??
— Anti-Anti-Trump (@MyCrazyLiberals) October 25, 2017
But the better question is …
Who is Heather Lind?
— met edge-ryan (@metedgeryan) October 25, 2017
A woman who is probably about to get a ton of publicity on the talk show circuit.
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