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GEORGE H.W. BUSH ACCUSED OF ‘SEXUAL ASSAULT’

Ex-president apologizes after actress makes groping claim

George H.W. Bush apologizes after actress accuses him of sexual assault

Former President George H.W. Bush issued an apology after an actress accused him of sexually assaulting her during a photo op four years ago.

“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,” actress Heather Lind wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post reported by The Daily Mail on Tuesday.

Lind, who stars in the Revolutionary War drama “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” was at a private screening of the series when the incident allegedly took place.

The actress claimed that the former president touched her a second time also.

“And then, all the while being photographed, touched me again. Barbara rolled her eyes as if to say ‘not again,’ ” she said, adding that his “security guard told me I shouldn’t have stood next to him for the photo.”

Lind also said in the post she was “disturbed” by a photo she saw of former President Obama shaking hands with Bush at a benefit concert to raise funds for disaster relief on Saturday night.

A spokesperson for the former president issued an apology, saying Bush did not mean to cause any harm.

“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 spokesperson said.