President George HW Bush Actress Claims Sexual Assault ... Bush Apologizes

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President George H.W. Bush has apologised to an actress who accused him of "sexually assaulting" her during a photo opportunity with his wife Barbara Bush standing by his side.

In a subsequently deleted Instagram post, actor Heather Lind wrote that she met the former president while promoting a television show she was working on, AMC's Turn.

He proceeded to tell her a dirty joke and then touched her again.

Lind wrote that she was disturbed after seeing Bush being lauded for his charitable work onstage at a fundraising event for victims of the hurricanes and this impelled her to speak out.

Bush's office responded to the sexual assault allegations with an official statement stating that Bush, who served as the 41st President of the United States, would not "intentionally cause anyone distress" and apologized to the actress for offending her with his humor.

In a now-deleted Instagram post, actress Heather Lind said she was triggered after seeing a photo of Bush shaking hands with former President Barack Obama at a recent hurricane relief fundraiser and had chose to share her story.

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Lind says she was actually admonished by security, who told her she shouldn't have stood next to him. Some haveseen it as innocent; others clearly view it as inappropriate.

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But then Bush allegedly followed through with the actions that he allegedly had a reputation for, as Grolnick described the incident. And I feel pride and reverence toward numerous men in the photo. In her account, she claims Barbara Bush "rolled her eyes as if to say "Not again". We were instructed to call him Mr President. I can enact positive change.

"I got sent the Heather Lind story by many people this morning", Grolnick said Monday, according to Deadspin. I can be a symbol of my democracy. My fellow cast-mates and producers helped me that day and continue to support me.

She also mentioned that her AMC castmates learned about the supposed attack since she informed them, which she chose ahead now due to "the fearlessness of various other females that have spoken out and also discussed their experiences".

The actress said she made a decision to break her silence after seeing President Barack Obama shaking hands with Bush during a benefit concert Saturday to raise money for hurricane victims.