Actress Heather Lind has accused George H.W. Bush of sexually assaulting her from his wheelchair four years ago.
On Tuesday actress Heather Lind made a lengthy post on Instagram – which she has since deleted – under the hashtag #MeToo, accusing former president George H.W. Bush of sexually assaulting her in 2014.
“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.”
The 34-year-old actress says then it happened a second time.
“And then, all the while being photographed, [he] 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.”
“He relinquished that power when he used it against me and, judging from the comments of those around him, countless other women before me.”
In a statement to DailyMail.com, the 93-year-old former president apologized for the incident and excused his behavior as “an attempt at humor.”
“President Bush would never – under any circumstance – intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind.”
Lind says Bush assaulted her while these pictures were being taken with her cast members.