Former US President George H.W. Bush has apologized to the American actress Heather Lind after she accused him of sexual assault in a now deleted Instagram post.
Lind, who starred in the AMC series “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” wrote that the former US president “touched me from behind” repeatedly at a press event in March 2014.
She did not offer any more details but said that, in her view, Bush had “sexually assaulted” her, taking advantage of the power of his former office to do so.
A spokesman for the former president apologized and described the interaction as an “attempt at humor.”
Lind tagged the post with the “#metoo” hashtag, which women have used after accusations against the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein to tell stories of inappropriate sexual behavior by men.
She speculated that “countless” other women had experienced similar things and said the former first lady Barbara Bush seemed aware of what was going on and “rolled her eyes.”
She said a security guard blamed her for standing too close to Bush.