An Actress Just Accused George HW Bush Of Something So Absurd The Entire Country Is Laughing At Her
Former President George H.W. Bush apologized for his alleged sexual harassment of actress Heather Lind Tuesday.
Lind, 34, claimed in a now-deleted Instagram post that Bush, 93, sexually harassed her during a screening of the AMC show “Turn: Washington Spies” by touching her from his wheelchair, whispering a dirty joke, and then touching her again, Fox News reported.
Read Lind’s entire Instagram post below:
I was disturbed today by a photo I saw of President Barack Obama shaking hands with George H. W. Bush in a gathering of ex-presidents organizing aid to states and territories damaged by recent hurricanes. I found it disturbing because I recognize the respect ex-presidents are given for having served. And I feel pride and reverence toward many of the men in the photo. But 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. 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. He relinquished that power when he used it against me and, judging from the comments of those around him, countless other women before me.
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. 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. And I thank President Barack Obama for the gesture of respect he made toward George H. W. Bush for the sake of our country, but I do not respect him.
Lind also included the #MeToo hashtag used by victims of sexual assault.
Former First Lady Barbara Bush allegedly saw the incident and rolled her eyes at her husband “as if to say, ‘not again’,” according to Lind. A security guard then told Lind that she “shouldn’t have stood next to him for the photo.” Lind claims that countless women saw his sexual move, but said his “power” allowed him to get away with his inappropriate actions, the Daily Mail reported.
“President Bush would never — under any circumstance — intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind,” a Bush spokesman told Fox News.