A second actress has come forward to accuse former President George H.W. Bush of sexually assaulting her and, in the process, provided the left with a distraction from the sexual abuse scandal involving producer and Democrat donor Harvey Weinstein.
New York actress Jordana Grolnick said the former Republican president did pretty much the same thing to her that actress Heather Lind said, groping her from behind while taking a photo.
“I got sent the Heather Lind story by many people this morning,” she told Deadspin. “And I’m afraid that mine is entirely similar.”
The online sports site shared a photo of the incident Grolnick posted on Instagram — her account is set to private.
Remarkably, a statement from Bush’s office acknowledged the inappropriate behavior.
“At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures. 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 a good-natured manner. Some have seen it as innocent; others clearly view it as inappropriate. To anyone he has offended, President Bush apologizes most sincerely.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 26, 2017
The joke in question was explained by Grolnick.
“We all circled around him and Barbara for a photo, and I was right next to him. He reached his right hand around to my behind, and as we smiled for the photo he asked the group, ‘Do you want to know who my favorite magician is?’ As I felt his hand dig into my flesh, he said, ‘David Cop-a-Feel!’”
Grolnick, who questioned whether the former president is “senile,” regrets not taking the incident more seriously at the time.
“I think I should have been a little more alarmed to be touched so inappropriately by a man who was once the leader of the free world,” the actress said. “He knows the power he has, and the reverence he deserves, even while sitting perhaps somewhat senile in a wheelchair.”
Instead, Grolnick said she all but “laughed it off,” according to Deadspin.
“I just thought, ‘Whatever. He’s a dirty old man,’” she said.
Grolnick said others warned her that Bush had a reputation for such behavior, but she shrugged it off.
“I guess I was thinking, “‘He’s in a wheelchair, what harm could he do?’”
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