Published: Thu, October 26, 2017
People | By Neil Grant

Former Guilderland resident involved in President Bush groping allegations

Former Guilderland resident involved in President Bush groping allegations

Former President George H.W. Bush apologized through a spokesman on Wednesday for what an actress described as a sexual assault but which Bush said was intended as a friendly pat and a joke to put her at ease during a picture-taking session.

Actress Jordana Grolnick told Deadspin that Bush groped her in August 2016 as they posed for a photograph while she was working on a me production of "Hunchback of Notre Dame".

Bush's spokesman, Jim McGrath, has acknowledged the former President sometimes makes a joke (it's a twist on "Copperfield") and "has patted women's rears in what he meant to be a good-natured manner". "I can refuse to call him president, and call out other abuses of power when I see them". (The former president has vascular parkinsonism) But, as Lind noted yesterday, when Bush reaches up from his wheelchair, his arm at waist-level of most people, he can easily touch them from behind.

"As I felt his hand dig into my flesh, he said, 'David Cop-a-Feel!'"

Grolnick said Barbara Bush didn't seem surprised. "It wasn't ok for him to do that to me".

Grolnick went on to tell Deadspin that other actors warned her about George's "reputation" for groping during photos. As with Lind's story, former First Lady Barbara Bush was said to be present during the alleged groping.

Earlier this week actress Heather Lind, in a now-deleted Instagram post, wrote that Bush "touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side".

It's unclear when exactly Lind shared the Instagram post or when and why she chose to delete it.

"Now that the #metoo movement has brought this all to light, I think I should have been a little more alarmed to be touched so inappropriately by a man who was once the leader of the free world".

The actress posted a photo to her Instagram page showing her standing next to Bush, whose hand appears to be near her backside.

Grolnick said she first dismissed Bush's behavior as a joke from "a dirty old man".

A spokesman for Mr Bush said the incident was an attempt at humour.

"I am grateful for the bravery of other women who have spoken up and written about their experiences". Lind said she was prompted to speak out after seeing pictures of Bush with former President Barack Obama at a charity event.

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