2nd Woman Accuses George HW Bush of Groping Her

She says he joked about 'David Cop-a-Feel'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2017 1:26 AM CDT
Updated Oct 26, 2017 6:33 AM CDT
George HW Apologizes After 2nd Groping Allegation
In this combination photo, former president George HW Bush appears at an NFL football game in Houston between the Buffalo Bills and the Houston Texans on Nov. 4, 2012, left, and actress Heather Lind appears at AMC's "Turn: Washington's Spies" season three premiere event in New York on April 20, 2016.   (AP Photo/File)

George HW Bush issued his second apology in two days Wednesday after another actress accused him of groping her during a photo-op. Jordana Grolnick told Deadspin that the former president touched her inappropriately in 2016, when he came backstage during the intermission of a Maine production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. "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. She said other people present "laughed politely and out of discomfort" and Barbara Bush quipped that he would "get himself put into jail."

On Tuesday, Bush apologized after actress Heather Lind accused him of very similar behavior during a 2014 screening of Turn: Washington's Spies. A spokesman delivered another apology after Grolnick's accusation. "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 spokesman said, per People. "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." He said Bush apologizes "most sincerely" to anyone has he offended. (More George HW Bush stories.)

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