Another actress has accused former President George H.W. Bush of groping her. This time the alleged incident occurred backstage at a theater near the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, according to Deadspin.
New York actress Jordana Grolnick told Deadspin, an online news website, that she was working on a Maine production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” in August 2016 when Bush came backstage during intermission. It was then that she says he grabbed her behind while posing for a picture.
“He reached his right hand around to my behind, and as we smiled for the photo he asked the group, ‘Do you want to know who my favorite magician is?’ As I felt his hand dig into my flesh, he said, ‘David Cop-a-Feel!’” Grolnick told Deadspin.
The accusation is the second to hit the former president this week.
Actress Heather Lind on Tuesday wrote on Instagram that Bush groped her from his wheelchair during a 2014 screening of the historical AMC drama “Turn: Washington’s Spies.” Lind said she was prompted to speak out after seeing pictures of Bush with former President Barack Obama at a charity event.
“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,” Lind wrote in the now deleted post.
In both alleged incidents, Bush’s wife, Barbara, accompanied him.
A spokesman for the former president released a statement Wednesday night apologizing for “inappropriate” behavior, according to The Washington Post.
“At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures. To try to put people at ease, the president routinely tells the same joke — and on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner. Some have seen it as innocent; others clearly view it as inappropriate. To anyone he has offended, President Bush apologizes most sincerely,” the spokesman, Jim McGrath, said.
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