Published Oct 25, 2017The Harvey Weinstein scandal has opened the floodgates for people to speak out about sexually inappropriate behaviour in Hollywood and beyond. Up next, actress Heather Lind has accused former president George H.W. Bush of sexually assaulting her during a photo-op.
Lind — whose credits include Mistress America and Demolition, as well as the AMC series Turn: Washington's Spies — alleged that Bush "touched me from behind" during a 2014 press event.
"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," Lind wrote in an Instagram post that has since been deleted (but has been reprinted in full by Business Insider). "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."
She continued, "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."
Lind added that Barbara "rolled her eyes" after seeing what her husband had done.
A spokesperson from Bush's camp issued a statement to the Daily Mail, saying, "President Bush would never — under any circumstance — intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind."