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- Another actress has come forward accusing former President George H.W. Bush of inappropriately touching her. She also said Bush told a lewd joke during the incident. Bush’s office released a statement saying that he “patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner.”
Another woman is publicly accusing former President George H.W. Bush of inappropriately touching her, Deadspin reported on Wednesday.
A New York actress named Jordana Grolnick told Deadspin that Bush groped her during a photo op at a theater in Maine last year.
“We all circled around him and Barbara for a photo, and I was right next to him,” Grolnick told Deadspin. “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!'”
Grolnick said that people in the room “laughed politely and out of discomfort” and that the former first lady Barbara Bush “said something along the lines of, ‘He’s going to get himself put into jail!'”
“I just thought, ‘Whatever. He’s a dirty old man,'” Grolnick told Deadspin.
Grolnick appeared to reflect on the incident and offered advice to others: “What I’ve come to realize is that if we tolerate these small comments and grazes from men on the street or former presidents, they might assume that it’s OK with us, and they may take it as permission to do who-knows-what else.
“I realize that making light of the situation was the wrong move. It wasn’t OK for him to do that to me.”
The latest allegation comes after the actress Heather Lind said in a now-deleted Instagram post Tuesday that Bush repeatedly touched her from behind and told a lewd joke at a 2014 event.
A Bush spokesman released a statement Wednesday saying Bush “on occasion” had “patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner.”
“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,” the statement said.
“Some have seen it as innocent; others clearly view it as inappropriate,” the statement continued. “To anyone he has offended, President Bush apologizes most sincerely.”