George H.W. Bush Apologizes After Actress Heather Lind Accuses Him of Sexual Assault

The photo from the incident in question. Photo: AP
The photo from the incident in question. Photo: AP

George H.W. Bush has apologized to actress Heather Lind after she wrote and later deleted a lengthy Instagram post accusing the former President of sexually assaulting her during a photo opp.

Lind, who was a star on the show Turn: Washington’s Spies, was prompted to air her accusation after seeing a photo of Bush shaking hands with former President Barack Obama at a charity event—the similarities of the photo reminded her of the alleged incident. “…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,” she wrote, according to Deadline.

According to Lind’s Instagram caption, Bush told her a dirty joke and touched her “from behind” while his wife, Barbara “rolled her eyes as if to say ‘Not again’.” Lind took solace in her power as a person with a platform, using it to enact change, much like a President should.


She wrote:

“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.”

Lind thanked her cast and crew who supported her that day, and also thanked the women who have spoken up against abusers for their “bravery.” The former President has since apologized; a statement to the New York Daily News read “President Bush would never — under any circumstance — intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind.”


All things must eventually come to an end: it appears that Tamar Braxton and her husband Vincent Herbert are finally getting a divorce, a month shy of their ten-year wedding anniversary and a year or so after a domestic dispute at the Ritz Carlton in Atlanta that ended with Vincent allegedly biting Tamar’s finger hard enough to draw blood.


Braxton reportedly filed for divorce on October 24 and sources told TMZ that she had moved out of the family home.


No disrespect to Gloria Gaynor or her disco classic “I Will Survive,” but something tells me that she should stop feeling “responsible for a lot of breakups” because of that song.


Speaking to Page Six at the Angel Ball, she said:

“I have always said I sang that song for the ladies and the good men,” There are a lot of men out there that are not bad — but they just don’t know how to treat a lady. So we end up with these breakups because we need to be treated right.”

“I don’t think that my song is any more important today — but it just seems that way because women are more outspoken . . . we feel empowered to speak. That song gave women a voice in a man’s world. I never get tired of singing that song — I love it. I have used it in my own difficulties . . . When I need a pick-me up, that is my go-to song.”


Yes, empowerment! Slay, Gloria!! Nothing is more thrilling than that tinkling piano flourish at the beginning, even if you know what’s coming and have heard it so many times that you want to rip the aux cord out of the iPhone playing said song and run screaming into the night. It still bangs.

[Page Six]

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The amount of confused old men who have groped me or made inappropriate comments, too many. You may be old but that does not give you a free pass.