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George Bush Apologizes After Actress Claims Improper Touching During Photo

George H. W. Bush has apologized to an actress who accused him of improperly touching her while they posed for a photograph together four years ago.

Heather Lind, in a now-deleted social media post, says she was standing next to the former president when he "touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side" and told her a "dirty joke."

Lind, who starred in AMC's 'TURN: Washington's Spies', claims the meeting left her "disturbed."

"I found it disturbing because I recognize the respect ex-presidents are given for having served," she wrote. "And I feel pride and reverence toward many of the men in the photo. 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."

"We were instructed to call him Mr. President. 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."

Lind says shes telling her story because: "What comforts me is that I too can use my power, which isn't so different from a President really. I can enact positive change. I can actually help people. I can be a symbol of my democracy."

"I can refuse to call him President, and call out other abuses of power when I see them. I can vote for a President, in part, by the nature of his or her character, knowing that his or her political decisions must necessarily stem from that character."

Lind says "the bravery of other women who have spoken up and written about their experiences" inspired her to come forward.

In a statement that ignores the touching, the former president's spokesman says: "President Bush would never — under any circumstance — intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind."

October 25, 2017 |

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