George HW Bush apologises for 'his attempt at humour' after Heather Lind's groping allegation

Washington: Heather Lind, 34, said she was groped by former USA President George HW Bush four years ago at an event to promote the TV series Turn: Washington’s Spies, according to the Daily Mail, which saved a screenshot of a lengthy Instagram post she wrote and later deleted.

George HW Bush apologises for his attempt at humour after Heather Linds groping allegation

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It is the latest in an outpouring of sexual harassment allegations against powerful male figures in entertainment, fashion and finance that followed the downfall of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who stands accused of assaulting and raping actresses

Lind added she decided to share her story after seeing Bush Sr, 93, appear onstage at a benefit concert to raise money for victims of the hurricane-ravaged southern United States and Caribbean. “I found it disturbing because I recognize the respect ex-presidents are given for having served,” she wrote.

“But when I got the chance to meet George HW 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,’ she added.

Later on, as pictures were being taken, Bush repeated the act while “Barbara rolled her eyes as if to say 'not again.'”

In a statement circulated to the Daily Mail and the New York Daily News, a spokesman for Bush did not deny the allegation but said it was an ill-judged attempt at humor.

“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 statement said.

With inputs from AFP.

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Updated Date: Oct 26, 2017 11:06:29 IST

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