GEORGE HW BUSH ISSUES APOLOGY AFTER FEMINIST ACTRESS LEVELS ‘SEXUAL ASSAULT’ ACCUSATION

Former President George H.W. Bush has issued a formal apology after an actress accused him of ‘sexually assaulting’ her during a photo-op four years ago, amid a tidal wave of similar allegations being piled upon powerful men across many spheres of influence.

Heather Lind, starlet of AMC’s ‘TURN: Washington Spies,’ leveled the charged in an Instagram post that has since been deleted, also laying some blame at the feet of former FLOTUS, Barbara Bush, whom she inferred condoned the behavior to a degree.

The full text of her post can be found at the end of this article, but her account of the interaction reads as follows:

“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. 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. 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.”

The alleged ‘assault’ took place during the posing for this photograph:

President Bush issued an apologetic statement to the Daily Mailsaying, “President Bush would never – under any circumstance – intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind.”

While many have blasted Ms. Lind – a Hillary Clinton-supporting feminist – for exaggerating the incident to grab attention or misappropriate the trauma of victims of more aggressive forms of sexual assault or rape, two of her colleagues who were present have voiced their support for her, and corroborated her story.

“Her account is 100% accurate. I was there. It was not a ‘joke gone awry,” tweeted Alexander Rose, author of Washington Spies

“My full support for Heather Glind for speaking out about the horrible event in Houston. All of which is true,” wrote show co-star, Kevin McNally.

Ms. Lind’s full Instagram post reads as follows:

I was disturbed today by a photo I saw of President Barack Obama shaking hands with George H. W. Bush in a gathering of ex-presidents organizing aid to states and territories damaged by recent hurricanes. I found it disturbing because I recognize the respect ex-presidents are given for having served. 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. 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. 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. 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. He relinquished that power when he used it against me and, judging from the comments of those around him, countless other women before me. What comforts me is that I too can use my power, which isn’t so different from a President really. I can enact positive change. I can actually help people. I can be a symbol of my democracy. I can refuse to call him President, and call out other abuses of power when I see them. I can vote for a President, in part, by the nature of his or her character, knowing that his or her political decisions must necessarily stem from that character. My fellow cast-mates and producers helped me that day and continue to support me. I am grateful for the bravery of other women who have spoken up and written about their experiences. And I thank President Barack Obama for the gesture of respect he made toward George H. W. Bush for the sake of our country, but I do not respect him. #metoo

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