An actress alleged that President George H.W. Bush ‘sexually assaulted’ her and touched her from behind while in his wheelchair, and now Bush has responded to the allegations.
Heather Lind, 34, who starred in AMC’s series ‘Turn: Washington’s Spies’ made the shocking allegations against the 93-year-old former president on Instagram in a lengthy post.
‘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,’ Lind alleges.
In a statement to DailyMail.com the former president has responded: ‘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’s allegations 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.’
‘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,’ the lengthy post went on.
‘He relinquished that power when he used it against me and, judging from the comments of those around him, countless other women before me,’ Lind wrote.
‘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.’
Lind adds that she shared the allegations against Bush with people on her AMC series.
Her post goes on to say: ‘What comforts me is that I too can use my power, which isn’t so different from a President really. I can enact positive change. I can actually help people. I can be a symbol of my democracy.’
‘I can refuse to call him President, and call out other abuses of power when I see them,’ she writes.