George H.W. Bush apologizes again after 2 women accuse him of sexual assault

George H.W. Bush was forced to apologise for a second time after another actress said he sexually assaulted her at a photo op. 

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Jordana Grolnick told Deadspin that the incident happened in August 2016, while she was working at a Maine production of Hunchback of Notre Dame and the crew gathered for a picture with the visiting former president: 

Grolnick added the others in the room "laughed politely and out of discomfort" while Barbara reportedly said: "He’s going to get himself put into jail!’ to which we laughed harder."

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Actress Heather Lind says that former President George H.W. Bush inappropriately touched her.

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Juanita Broaddrick (pictured with her husband David) claims former President Bill Clinton, when he was running for Governor of Arkansas in 1978, sexually assaulted her in a Little Rock hotel room. 

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Paula Jones (pictured in the December, 2000 issue of Penthouse magazine) accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual harassment.

Jones is shown in a photograph from the layout, released October 23, 2000. (Photo via Reuters)

Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky had a now-infamous affair with former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, and has characterized Clinton as having taken advantage of her during their affair.

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In an unauthorized biography of former first lady Nancy Reagan, Kitty Kelley published claims by actress Selene Walters (not pictured) that then-actor and future-president Ronald Reagan (pictured) forced her to have sex with him in the 1950s.

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Former White House volunteer Kathleen Willey accused former President Bill Clinton of inappropriately touching her. 

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Jessica Leeds came forward in 2016 to say that Presidend Donald Trump sexually assaulted her on a plane in the 1980s.

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President Donald Trump's ex-wife Ivana Trump claimed in a book published after they split that he violently forced himself on her during their marriage. 

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Thomas Jefferson is said to have raped Sally Hemings, his slave, and had six children with her -- all of whom were botn into slavery. 

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Allegations surrounding President Grover Cleveland involve a 38-year-old woman named Maria Halpin, who he allegedly raped after "courting" her and threatened her if she spoke about what occurred.

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President Richard Nixon was accused of "starting to make moves and then withdrawing" by secretary Nell Yates (pictured, left) as well as inappropriately touching other secretaries. 

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Earlier this week, another actress, Heather Lind, wrote in a (now deleted) Instagram post that she 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 organising aid to states and territories damaged by recent hurricanes."

Lind, who played Anna Strong in AMC's Turn: Washington Spies, said Bush "sexually assaulted her" in a similar fashion. 

As Deadspin points out, in 2014 two people on Twitter made a reference to the "David Cop-a-Feel" joke. 

Now, other people came out on Twitter to confirm this account: 

Bush Senior's spokesman Jim McGrath initially issued a short statement of apology.

But later a more detailed statement was released: 

“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 reads. "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. To anyone he has offended, President Bush apologizes most sincerely.”

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