AMC Actress Accuses Former President George H. W. Bush of Sexual Assault
Not even former U.S presidents are safe from sexual abuse accusations.
Heather Lind, who starred in AMC's Turn: Washington Spies, has come forward with claims that George H.W. Bush sexually assaulted her while posing together for a photograph four years ago.
In an Instagram post that's since been deleted that featured a photo of former presidents Barack Obama and George Bush shaking hands, Heather explained why the photo disturbed her.
“I found it disturbing because I recognize the respect ex-presidents are given for having served,” she wrote, via People.
“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."
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.”
George H.W. Bush was 89 years old at the time of the alleged incident.
The new mom also claimed that Bush's wife, Barbara Bush, "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.”
The former president's spokesman, Jim McGrath, soon released a statement about the alleged incident:
“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 response has been generally positive for Heather, with fans on social media thanking her for coming forward with her story.
Dear Heather Lind:kristen h (@kristenhinkson) October 25, 2017
We believe you.
Thank you for speaking out.
The world is brighter and better because you told the truth. I respect you.
People calling Heather Lind a liar 1. assuming she's lying is why rapes go unreported (Victim Shaming) 2. Bush apologized so not unfoundedCJ Howard (@CJHoward428) October 25, 2017
All my best to @heatherglind. It takes incredible bravery to be open about any sexual assault, let alone by a former president. Good on her.Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) October 25, 2017
Of course this is nothing new in Hollywood, however, as more and more A-listers have been candid in recent weeks about their own sexual assault experiences with movie exec Harvey Weinstein.
Others, however, were convinced the actress is just sharing her story for attention amid the Harvey Weinstein news, while some even called her a "disgrace" to women!
She's bullying a former president who touched her inappropriately? You're ridiculous. And you know you are.Kelly AuCoin (@KellyAuCoin77) October 25, 2017
If this is the heather Lind whos accusing Mr bush of sexual harassment y wait till everyone else spoke out aginst Harvey2 say something ?jmjr0510 (@plumber261975) October 24, 2017
I'm no fan of George H.W. Bush, but after reading this, from her since deleted Instagram post, I don't believe Heather Lind for a second. pic.twitter.com/Wl4FychwxGCharles Overture (@CharlesOverture) October 25, 2017
@heatherglind YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO WOMEN WHO TRULY HAVE BEEN SEXUALLY ASSUALTED!!!mac5427 (@mac5427) October 25, 2017
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