The American actress Heather Lind who is known for her character of Anna Strong in the AMC series Turn: Washington’s Spies.
George H.W. Bush, the former President has apologized for an “attempt at humor” after Lind accused him of sexual assault.
Recently on Tuesday, the actress has deleted her Instagram post in which she accused the 93-year-old Bush, she said in her post that during a photo-op, he touched her from behind while in his wheelchair.
According to Lind, Barbara the wife of Bush was standing beside her husband Bush during the photo-op in 2014, the photo-op was for the AMC series Turn: Washington’s Spies.
Lind opened up about the Saturday’s benefit gig, where all the five living former presidents of the United States appeared, she said, “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 organising aid to states and territories damaged by recent hurricanes.”
She said, “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,” she revealed.
Lind said, “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 continued: “And then, all the while being photographed, touched me again. Barbara rolled her eyes as if to say ‘not again.'”
According to her, Bush’s security staff told her that she shouldn’t stand besides the former U.S. President Bush.
A spokesperson for Bush, Jim McGrath said in a statement: “President Bush would never—under any circumstance—intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind.”
Lind posted a lengthy post in which she said, “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.”
She continued: “He relinquished that power when he used it against me and, judging from the comments of those around him, countless other women before me.”
She told about the sexual assault to the other cast and crew members of the AMC series, she said.
Lind said, “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,’ she wrote in her lengthy post.