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Former President Bush admits grabbing woman’s butt, says it was a joke

Former President Bush admits grabbing woman's butt, says it was a joke
President Bush grabs actress Jordana Grolnick rear end during photo (Photo Source: Instagram/@ jordanagrams)

Apparently, former President George H.W. Bush has the same problem that President Donald Trump has around women. While Trump has stated about women “reach out and grab them by the p—y,” former President Bush grabs them by the butt.

Actress Jordana Grolnick has claimed that at a 2016 photo shoot the wheelchair bound Bush grabbed her butt. According to Grolnick, “We all circled around him and Barbara for a photo, and I was right next to him. He reached his right hand around to my behind, and as we smiled for the photo he asked the group,’Do you want to know who my favorite magician is?’ As I felt his hand dig into my flesh, he said,’David Cop-a-Feel!'”

According to the actress, people in the room laughed uncomfortably and former first lady Barbara Bush stated, “He’s going to get himself put into jail!”

Grolnick said of the encounter, “I just thought, whatever. He’s a dirty old man.”

But this was not the first time that Bush took presidential privilege and grabbed a woman’s butt. In 2014, actress Heather Lind, from the AMC series “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” claims that the elder Bush assaulted her also. She wrote in a now deleted post on Instagram on Tuesday, “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.”

Other actors from the series confirmed that the butt grab by Bush did occur and supported her coming forward about the assault. A spokesperson for Bush issued the following statement to media outlet Daily Mail: “President Bush would never – under any circumstance – intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind.”

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