On Tuesday, Actress Heather Lind, 34, alleged that when she met former president George H.W. Bush, 93, that he “sexually assaulted” her. Lind stated the incident occurred during a photo-op while Bush was in a wheelchair and his wife, Barbara, was standing next to him. She also claimed that Barbara saw the assault.
According to the Daily Mail, Lind said the incident occurred while she was promoting a television show four years ago. After the alleged “sexual assault,” Lind claims that the former president’s security detail stated that she should not have stood so close to Bush.
In a statement, Bush apologized to the actress for the alleged “sexual assault.”
Lind made her accusations public in a post on Instagram, though it has since been deleted. She wrote: “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.”
She continued, “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.”
The photograph in question was taken during a private screening event for AMC’s TURN: Washington’s Spies. It took place in Houston, Texas in March 2014.
Along with Bush and his wife, other cast members of the show were also in the photo.
Lind’s post stated, “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,” she went on to say. “I can refuse to call him President, and call out other abuses of power when I see them.”
Lind’s lengthy post continued, “I can vote for a President, in part, by the nature of his or her character, knowing that his or her political decisions must necessarily stem from that character.”
“My fellow cast-mates and producers helped me that day and continue to support me. I am grateful for the bravery of other women who have spoken up and written about their experiences,” she added. “And I thank President Barack Obama for the gesture of respect he made toward George H.W. Bush for the sake of our countrgeorgey, but I do not respect him. #metoo.”
Bush responded to the in a statement which read: “President Bush would never – under any circumstances – intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind.”