George H.W. Bush apologizes after singer accuses him of groping

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush apologized by a orator on Wednesday for what an singer described as a passionate attack though that Bush pronounced was dictated as a accessible pat and a fun to put her during palliate during a picture-taking session.

Heather Lind, who starred in a AMC wire radio network’s chronological play “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” indicted Bush of groping her as they acted for photos together with his mother and others during a promotional eventuality for a uncover in 2014.

The claim flush in an Instagram post from Lind featuring a sketch of Bush, 93, jolt hands with former President Barack Obama during an coming of all 5 vital former presidents during Saturday’s whirly fund-raising benefit.

In a post, Lind, 34, pronounced that saying that print reminded her of her possess assembly with a 41st boss 3 years earlier, when, according to her, “he intimately assaulted me while we was posing for a identical photo.”

“He didn’t shake my hand. He overwhelmed me from behind from his wheelchair with his mother Barbara Bush by his side,” Lind wrote. “He told me a unwashed joke. And then, all a while being photographed, overwhelmed me again.”

Lind pronounced a former initial lady “rolled her eyes as if to say, ‘not again.’”

The Instagram post, given deleted, carried a “MeToo” amicable media hashtag spawned by a new escape of passionate attack and passionate nuisance accusations dictated opposite former Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein has denied enchanting in non-consensual sex with anyone.

Bush’s orator Jim McGrath, released a matter in response to Lind’s post that sought to explain a former president’s function as an try to make light of amicable awkwardness acted by his possess earthy incapacity during print sessions.

Confined to a wheelchair, as Bush has been for about a past 5 years, “his arm falls on a reduce waist of people with whom he take pictures,” McGrath said.

“To try to put people during ease, a boss customarily tells a same fun – and on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he dictated to be a cooperative manner. Some have seen it as innocent; others clearly perspective it as inappropriate,” McGrath wrote. “To anyone he has offended, President Bush apologizes many sincerely.”

Representatives for a singer were not immediately accessible for criticism on a president’s response to her allegations, and it was not transparent what stirred her to take down a Instagram post in question.

Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Michael Perry

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