Actress Accuses George HW Bush of Sexual Assault
He's apologized for his 'attempt at humor'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2017 12:44 AM CDT
Updated Oct 25, 2017 6:11 AM CDT
Former President George HW Bush, left, receives a tri-corner hat from actress Heather Lind, right, at a private screening of AMC's series TURN on Saturday, March, 29, 2014 in Houston, Texas.   (Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher/Invision for AMC/AP Images)
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(Newser) – Actress Heather Lind accused former President George HW Bush of sexual assault in a now-deleted Instagram post Tuesday, saying the former president "touched her from behind" during a photo-op in 2014. The Turn: Washington's Spies star said the inappropriate behavior occurred during a special screening before the AMC historical drama's debut, Deadline reports. "He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side," Lind wrote. "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.'" Lind said a security guard told her she "shouldn't have stood next to him for the photo."

Lind said that judging from comments from people around her, Bush had behaved the same way with "countless other women." "My fellow castmates and producers helped me that day and continue to support me," she wrote. Lind said she decided to come forward with her story after seeing a recent photo of the 93-year-old Bush with former President Obama. Bush issued an apology through a spokesman. "President Bush would never—under any circumstance—intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind," the spokesman said in a statement to the New York Daily News.

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