George HW Bush issues another apology after sexual assault allegation from second actress

Heather Lind and Jordana Grolnick have both made claims about the former President

Former US President George HW Bush has apologised again after a second sexual assault allegation emerged.

Earlier this week, Bush was accused of sexual assault by Boardwalk Empire star Heather Lind, initially apologising by describing the alleged incident as an “attempt at humour”. Now another actress, Jordana Grolnick, has come forward.

Lind, 34, had previously alleged in a since deleted Instagram post that Bush – who served as President between 1989 and 1993 – had “sexually assaulted” her as they posed for a photograph several years ago.

The Mail Online reports that Lind wrote: “He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side. He told me a dirty joke.”

Lind also said that Bush senior – father of George W Bush – proceeded to touch her a second time and that his wife Barbara “rolled her eyes as if to say ‘not again’”.

Lind – who played Katy in Boardwalk Empire from 2011-2012 and has starred in AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies – added: “His security guard told me I shouldn’t have stood next to him for the photo.”

A spokesman for Bush, 93, issued a statement to the Mail Online, which reads: “President Bush would never – under any circumstance – intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humour offended Ms Lind.”

Heather Lind

Heather Lind

 

Jordana Grolnick, who appeared in the 2014 film Bad Girls, has since told Deadspin that Bush groped her following a stage performance in Maine.

“We all circled around him and [former first lady] Barbara for a photo, and I was right next to him,” she said. “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 claimed that the others present “laughed politely and out of discomfort,” and that Barbara Bush “said something along the lines of, ‘He’s going to get himself put into jail!’ to which we laughed harder”.

Bush’s spokesman Jim McGrath has now issued a statement on Wednesday that said that because Bush had been confined to a wheelchair for the past five years, “his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he take pictures”.

McGrath added: “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.”

  • For help, advice or more information regarding sexual assault and rape in the UK, visit the Rape Crisis charity website. In the US, visit RAINN.