Man, this sexual harassment purge is catching EVERYBODY, including 93-year-old former president George H.W. Bush. Actress Heather Lind has accused him of touching her inappropriately three years ago.
It happened during an event for the AMC series “Turn: Washington Spies”. She says George the Elder, “touched me from behind” from his WHEELCHAIR, then told her a dirty joke. Then he touched her again.
In an Instagram post that she later deleted, Heather said, “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.” (Heather is one of the stars of the show. She plays Anna Strong, one of the secret members of Jamie Bell’s spy ring.)
After Lind’s post, another actress said Bush groped HER the same way when she met him after a play she did in Maine. He also apparently told her the same joke. He said, “Do you want to know who my favorite magician is? David Cop-a-Feel!”
Bush’s office issued a statement calling what he did an “attempt at humor”, but also offered a sincere apology and said, “President Bush would never, under any circumstance, intentionally cause anyone distress.”
Then they issued a second, more detailed statement. It said, “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.”