Speaking up in response to the #MeToo campaign, actress Heather Lind has alleged that she was sexually assaulted four years ago by former President George H.W. Bush, from his wheelchair while they posed together for a photo op.at a private screening of AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies. In an Instagram post that has since been deleted, Lind wrote that Bush, who was 89 years old at the time, “sexually assaulted” her by touching her “from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side.”
“And then, all the while being photographed, [he] touched me again,” Lind, 34, alleged. “Barbara 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.”
In a statement made to DailyMail.com in response to the allegations, Bush said that he “would never — under any circumstance — intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind.”
Many retaliated against Lind on her since-deleted Instagram post, demanding to know why she didn’t “say this four years ago” and questioning whether his groping really constituted sexual assault. In response, other users pointed out that according to RAINN, types of sexual assault do, in fact, include fondling or unwanted sexual touching.
“Judging from the comments of those around him,” Lind noted, Bush had likely behaved similarly towards “countless other women before me.”
“What comforts me is that I too can use my power,” she wrote. “I can enact positive change. I can actually help people. I can be a symbol of my democracy.”
On Twitter, Kevin McNally, her co-star in the AMC series who is standing to her immediate left in the photo, corroborated her account. “My full support for @heatherglind for speaking out about the horrible event in Houston. All of which is true,” he wrote. And Lind’s account was also backed up by Alexander Rose, the author of the book on which the TV series was based. He also posted on Twitter saying Lind’s claims are “100 percent accurate. I was there. It was not a ‘joke’ gone awry.
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