Hollywood is being torn apart by numerous allegations of sexual harassment involving Harvey Weinstein, who was a prominent figure before his fall from grace. Numerous women have stepped forward describing various instances of sexual acts that were not consented to. Weinstein has been blacklisted across Hollywood as organizations and individuals alike cut ties.
For conservatives, this became a moment to seize on the hypocritical nature of Hollywood liberalism. Weinstein, a prominent Democratic donor, has been caught violating women.
But now new allegations toward another powerful individual remind us that sexual harassment is not restricted to one end of the spectrum, and the powerful often still view themselves as above others.
In a now deleted Instagram post, actress Heather Lind called out former President George H.W. Bush with explosive allegations of sexual harassment. The actress, who plays Anna Strong on the AMC series “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” said she was disturbed by a picture of former President Barack Obama shaking hands with the elder Bush.
From there, she discusses a photo op with Bush where he allegedly touched her inappropriately and made her feel uncomfortable. This occurred while his wife, Barbara Bush, was standing right next to him.
A spokesman for George H.W. Bush addressed the controversy, describing the alleged sexual harassment as an attempt at humor. Spokesman Jim McGrath denies that the former President intentionally sought to harass her, stating he would intentionally never cause anyone distress.
While the Bush camp has responded to the allegations, Lind has since deleted the original Instagram post and has gone quiet on the matter. It is not presently clear why the post was deleted. Sexual harassment in the last year has become a major national discussion because of last year’s Access Hollywood recording involving Donald Trump where he discussed grabbing women by the genitals, Anthony Weiner’s antics, and now, the sexual exploits of Harvey Weinstein.