Another Hollywood actress has come forward to address the horror of sexual assault. But the perpetrator was not Harvey Weinstein, it was former President George H.W. Bush. Multiple news outlets have picked up the story first posted by actress Heather Lind on Instagram. The post, which is now deleted, described Bush sexually assaulting Lind from his wheelchair while his wife, Barbara was by his side.
Lind wrote that the 41st president “touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side. He told me a dirty joke. And then, all the while being photographed, touched me again.”
According to Fox News, Bush apologized for the incident. A spokesperson for the former president, Jim McGrath, said in a statement that “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 incident occurred about four years ago during a TV show promotion event. Barbara Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Lind were posing for a photograph. After being groped by Bush, Lind said that one of the former president’s bodyguards told her “I shouldn’t have stood next to him for the photo.”
Lind is now in a long line of women who have come forward with allegations of sexual assault coming from men in positions of authority in recent weeks. Other actresses making claims include Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevingne and multiple other women who have accused Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault.
Alyssa Milano started the “me too” movement as a way to enhance the Weinstein conversation. She wrote on Twitter, “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” The hashtag #MeToo was tweeted nearly a million times in 48 hours, according to Twitter.
Lind posted a recent picture on Instagram of former President Bush alongside the other former presidents. She summed up her post writing: “We were instructed to call him (H.W. Bush) Mr. President. It seems to me a President’s power is in his or her capacity to enact positive change, actually help people.”
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