AMC Actress Accuses Former President George H. W. Bush of Sexual Assault
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AMC Actress Accuses Former President George H. W. Bush of Sexual Assault

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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.

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“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.”

 

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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.'

 

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"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:

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“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.

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!

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