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Tue Oct 24, 2017, 10:03 PM

 

Actress Accuses Former Republican President Of Sexual Assault

Actress Heather Lind made allegations Tuesday claiming when she met former President George H.W. Bush, 93, he 'sexually assaulted' her from his wheelchair
She claimed the 'assault' happened during a photo-op with wife Barbara Bush standing by his side, and claims his wife saw the incident unfold
In a statement to DailyMail.com the former president has apologized for the incident saying it was an 'attempt at humor' and not meant to offend Lind
The now 34-year-old actress also claimed that afterwards Bush's security detail told her she shouldn't have stood next to the former president for the photo-op
Lind says this happened four years ago while she was promoting a movie

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5014447/Actress-alleges-George-H-W-Bush-sexually-assaulted-her.html

I was disturbed today by a photo I saw of President Barack Obama shaking hands with George H. W. Bush in a gathering of ex-presidents organizing aid to states and territories damaged by recent hurricanes. I found it disturbing because I recognize the respect ex-presidents are given for having served. And I feel pride and reverence toward many of the men in the photo. But when I got the chance to meet George H. W. Bush four years ago to promote a historical television show I was working on, he sexually assaulted me while I was posing for a similar photo. He didn’t shake my hand. He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side. He told me a dirty joke. And then, all the while being photographed, touched me again. Barbara rolled her eyes as if to say “not again”. His security guard told me I shouldn’t have stood next to him for the photo. We were instructed to call him Mr. President. It seems to me a President’s power is in his or her capacity to enact positive change, actually help people, and serve as a symbol of our democracy. He relinquished that power when he used it against me and, judging from the comments of those around him, countless other women before me. What comforts me is that I too can use my power, which isn’t so different from a President really. I can enact positive change. I can actually help people. I can be a symbol of my democracy. I can refuse to call him President, and call out other abuses of power when I see them. I can vote for a President, in part, by the nature of his or her character, knowing that his or her political decisions must necessarily stem from that character. My fellow cast-mates and producers helped me that day and continue to support me. I am grateful for the bravery of other women who have spoken up and written about their experiences. And I thank President Barack Obama for the gesture of respect he made toward George H. W. Bush for the sake of our country, but I do not respect him. #metoo

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Response to Mediumsizedhand (Original post)

Tue Oct 24, 2017, 10:13 PM

1. Sounds like dementia

My Dad , and a lot of older men I know, were like that. The most base way to grab their manhood.

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Response to ghostsinthemachine (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 24, 2017, 11:23 PM

2. I also thought this was a symptom of dementia when I read this.

Although undoubtedly upsetting to the author of this piece, I do not think this falls into the "abuse of power" category. Based on everything I have read about Bush 41 in the past I think this is just a (not uncommon) manifestation of impaired cognition and behavioral disinhibition. His caregivers were not doing anyone (Bush 41 or unsuspecting women) justice by placing them in this type of situation if they were aware that he had deteriorated to this extent.

Some info about this type of behavior in dementia:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4980403/

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Response to ghostsinthemachine (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 24, 2017, 11:27 PM

3. Yeah, my sister in law is dealing with her father in law's grabby hands and comments.

Since he has gone down hill, he says and does inappropriate things.

Sis is a nurse and understands and is used to this sort of thing. She's got really thick skin but it's still no fun.

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Response to Mediumsizedhand (Original post)

Tue Oct 24, 2017, 11:39 PM

4. Unless she voiced her concerns to Obama at the time, I don't quite see

what her beef with him is. This seems like a real stretch.

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Response to LisaM (Reply #4)

Tue Oct 24, 2017, 11:46 PM

5. I didn't get that she has a "beef" with Obama.

 

But her being angry what she experienced and then someone she respects was blindly unaware of the kind of man he is. Hence, her wanting to speak out. This is just guessing, but wanting to make him aware so there wasn't that bonding they were doing on the stage because in her mind HW didn't deserve it.

More like that. I might of missed something, but I didn't get this as an attack on Obama.

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