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George H.W. Bush apologizes to actress who says he sexually assaulted her

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Over the weekend, all of the living former presidents teamed up at an event to raise money for victims of the recent hurricanes, and while that was certainly a step up from whatever our current president was doing (probably golf), actress Heather Lind says she “disturbed” by a photo she saw of the presidents together. That’s because she says George H.W. Bush sexually assaulted her once when she was promoting AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies in 2014.

This comes from Newsweek, which says Lind laid this out in a now-deleted Instagram post about how she was posing for a photo with Bush in his wheelchair when he allegedly reached up and grabbed her “from behind” while Barbara Bush was standing right next to him. Lind says he then told “a dirty joke” and touched her again, at which point his wife “rolled her eyes as if to say ‘not again.’” Later, the security staff reportedly told Lind that “she should not have stood next to the former president.” Lind said in her statement that she feels “pride and reverence” for some of the ex-presidents, but added, “I do not respect him.”


In a statement, a spokesperson for Bush said, “President Bush would never—under any circumstance—intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind.”

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