Former US President George Bush Senior has apologised for any misery induced after an actress accused him of sexual assault.
Heather Lind mentioned the 93-year-old former president had “touched me from behind from his wheelchair” and informed a “soiled joke” whereas posing for a photograph.
Ms Lind made the allegation on social community Instagram, in a submit which has since been deleted.
A spokesman for Mr Bush mentioned the incident was an try at humour.
“President Bush would by no means – underneath any circumstance – deliberately trigger anybody misery, and he most sincerely apologises if his try at humour offended Ms Lind,” a press release provided to retailers together with the Day by day Mail and Folks journal mentioned.
Each web sites preserved the contents of Ms Lind’s submit earlier than it was deleted.
Mr Bush served one time period as US president from 1989 to 1993, and is the daddy of George W Bush, who served two phrases within the workplace between 2001 and 2009.
He suffers from a type of Parkinson’s illness.
The incident allegedly came about throughout an occasion for the tv present Flip: Washington’s Spies, by which Ms Lind is among the fundamental forged members.
In her Instagram submit, Ms Lind mentioned she was spurred to make the declare after seeing a photograph of Barack Obama shaking Mr Bush Senior’s hand at a latest fundraiser for hurricane victims, which she mentioned had “disturbed” her.
“He sexually assaulted me whereas I used to be posing for the same photograph. He did not shake my hand. He touched me from behind from his wheelchair along with his spouse Barbara Bush by his aspect,” she wrote, in keeping with the Day by day Mail’s transcript of the deleted submit.
“He informed me a grimy joke. After which, all of the whereas being photographed, touched me once more,” she added.
Ms Lind completed her submit with the hashtag #metoo, which has seen widespread use by victims of sexual assault to share their experiences within the wake of the Harvey Weinstein Hollywood scandal.
“What comforts me is that I can also use my energy, which is not so completely different from a president actually,” she mentioned.
“I’m grateful for the bravery of different ladies who’ve spoken up and written about their experiences.”