George HW Bush ‘patted women’s rears’, his office says amid sexual assault allegations
Former President George H.W. Bush has apologized for an “attempt at humor” following accusations of sexual assault from actresses Heather Lind and Jordana Grolnick.
Bush, 93, responded Wednesday evening to the claim from Lind and apologized through a statement from his office. The response notes that the ex-president’s actions were carried out with the most innocent of intentions, to make a joke.
“At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures,” the statement read. “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,” Bush’s office’s statement read. “To anyone he has offended, President Bush apologizes most sincerely.”
The statement from Bush does not specifically say what the joke he made was, and Lind did not comment on it either.
The website Deadspin claims that rumors surrounding the Lind incident have been circulating for a year, as an unnamed tipster had previously told the publication that the 41st US President fondled the actress, while telling her his favorite magician was “David Cop-a-Feel.”