George HW Bush apologizes for alleged groping incident
- Author: Rogelio Becker Oct 27, 2017,
Oct 27, 2017, 0:21
Former President George H.W. Bush apologized through a spokesman on Wednesday for what an actress described as a sexual assault but which Bush said was intended as a friendly pat and a joke to put her at ease during a picture-taking session.
Heather Lind, 34, alleged the former USA leader "sexually assaulted" her when they posed for a photograph several years ago, according to a since deleted Instagram post. "He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side", Lind wrote in the caption Tuesday, according to Rolling Stone. He told me a dirty joke, ' Lind alleges.
The allegation surfaced in an Instagram post from Lind featuring a photograph of Bush, 93, shaking hands with former President Barack Obama during an appearance of all five living former presidents at Saturday's hurricane fund-raising benefit.
In a now-deleted Instagram post, actress Heather Lind said she was triggered after seeing a photo of Bush shaking hands with former President Barack Obama at a recent hurricane relief fundraiser and had chose to share her story.
"We all circled around him and Barbara for a photo, and I was right next to him", Grolnick said.
- Nick Westrate (@westratenick) October 24, 2017Heather Lind, accusing a 90 year old with many medical issues?!
"She concluded her post with the hashtag "#metoo", a platform women have used to share their experience of sexual assault and harassment.
"Barbara [Bush] rolled her eyes as if to say 'not again, '" Lind continued. His security guard told me I shouldn't have stood next to him for the photo. What I've come to realize is that if we tolerate these small comments and grazes from men on the street or former presidents, they might assume that it's ok with us, and they may take it as permission to do who-knows-what else. I can refuse to call him President, and call out other abuses of power when I see them. "I could elect for a President, in the component, by the nature of his or her personality, recognizing that his or her political choices should always stem from that personality".
The actress also confirmed that she chose to go public thanks to the "the bravery of other women who have spoken up and written about their experiences".
The actress said she chose to break her silence after seeing President Barack Obama shaking hands with Bush during a benefit concert Saturday to raise money for hurricane victims.