Former President George HW Bush Accused by Heather Lind of Touching Her – NBCNews.com

WASHINGTON — A television actress has accused former President George H.W. Bush of touching her from behind while she was posing for a photo alongside him and telling her a dirty joke.

People magazine reports Heather Lind said in a now-deleted Instagram post that the incident took place while she was posing for a photo with Bush during a promotional tour for her AMC series “TURN: Washington’s Spies.” Lind appears alongside the 93-year-old Bush, who’s seated in a wheelchair, in a photo together at a Houston screening of the series in 2014.

Bush’s wife, Barbara, was present during the incident, Lind added.

Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement: “President Bush would never — under any circumstance — intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind.”

In Lind’s Instagram post, which was shared on her official account, the actress said she was “disturbed” after looking at a photo of Bush shaking hands with former President Barack Obama during Saturday night’s Hurricane Harvey relief concert.

She recounted her meeting with Bush during a press event that he “touched” her from behind and told her a “dirty joke” before touching her again. She alleges his security guard told her that she shouldn’t have stood next to him.

Image: Former President George H.W. Bush poses for a photo with the cast of AMC's series TURNImage: Former President George H.W. Bush poses for a photo with the cast of AMC's series TURN

George H.W. Bush poses for a photo with the cast of AMC’s series ‘TURN’ on March, 29, 2014′ in Houston. Actress Heather Lind is next to him.Aaron M. Sprecher / Invision for AMC

“What comforts me is that I too can use my power, which isn’t so different from a President really,” Lind wrote. “I can enact positive change.”

Lind concluded the post with the hashtag #metoo, which has been a rallying cry on social media in recent weeks for women to share personal stories of sexual harassment.

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