Actor Heather Lind has accused former US President George H. W. Bush of sexual assault, which is alleged to have taken place when they met in 2013. In a lengthy Instagram post, the Boardwalk Empire star detailed her encounter with the 41st American President and how he 'touched' her from behind and also told a dirty joke.
The post has since been deleted, but a spokesperson for the former leader has told the Daily Mail: "President Bush would never - under any circumstance - intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologises if his attempt at humour offended Ms. Lind."
The actor wrote: "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.
George HW Bush with former Presidents
"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."
Ms Lind's post was a reaction to an image of Barack Obama shaking hands with Mr Bush who was sat alongside his son George W. Bush, alongside Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. The five former presidents were gathered to help raise money for the states and territories ravaged by recent hurricanes and tropical storms.
Heather continued: "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.
"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."
The hashtag with which the actor closed her post has been used by thousands of women and men while detailing their experiences of sexual assault.
It was sparked from the allegations being levelled against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and has also led to other figures being called out for inappropriate conduct.
Ms Lind's post has been met with both praise and criticism from fans, with some commending her for her honesty, while others are questioning why she's waited this long to speak out. However, there are many people who contributed to the #metoo trend who detailed experiences that went back years and in some instances, decades.
Sources: Daily Mail
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