In a stunning turn of events, actress Heather Lind has just accused former President George H.W. Bush of improperly touching her during a photo-shoot three years ago.
In a now-deleted post on Instagram, Lind described how seeing the eldest Bush posing for a photo to at a recent hurricane victim benefit concert inspired her to tell the tale of groped her behind while in his wheelchair at a promotion event for the AMC show “American Revolutionary War: Turn, Washington’s Spies,” reports the New York Daily News.
“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. 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.”
Here’s the photo in question. Where is Pres. Bush’s other hand?
President Bush has not denied the allegations.
Instead, his spokesman has tried to pass off the accusation as a joke, saying that “President Bush would never — under any circumstance — intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind.”
No matter how old or “old-fashioned” one might claim to be, there is obviously nothing remotely funny about groping another person without their consent – especially in a professional environment.
As thousands of women come forward to tell their tales of sexual harassment and sexual assault in the wake of the horrifying Harvey Weinstein revelations, this story highlights how rampant and widespread the incidence of sexual misconduct in the United States truly is – and how even the oldest of men are still apparently capable of being predators.