Amanda Staples

George H.W. Bush Apologizes After Women Accuse Him of Grabbing Them

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On Friday, The Portland Press Herald reported that a fourth woman, Amanda Staples, had come forward, alleging in an Instagram post that Mr. Bush had touched her inappropriately in 2006. Ms. Staples had been running as a Republican for a seat in the Maine State Senate when she said she posed with Mr. Bush for a photo, which she published on Instagram alongside her written post.

Mr. Bush “grabbed my butt and joked saying ‘Oh, I’m not THAT President,’ ” Ms. Staples wrote, according to The Press Herald’s report.

The statement from Mr. Bush’s office came on Wednesday night after a spokesman for the former president issued an earlier, shorter apology to Ms. Lind.

Asked on Friday to respond to Ms. Staples’s allegation, which predates Mr. Bush’s use of a wheelchair, the spokesman, Jim McGrath, reiterated the office’s statement from Wednesday night: “To anyone he has offended, President Bush most sincerely apologizes.”

Ms. Grolnick, an actress, told Deadspin on Wednesday that in August 2016, the former president had attended a performance of a play she had been a part of. Mr. Bush came backstage during an intermission, she said, and the cast gathered around him to take a picture.

According to Ms. Grolnick’s account, Mr. Bush then “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!’ ”

Ms. Lind, an actress on the television series “Turn,” told a similar story in an Instagram post on Tuesday. She later deleted the post, in which she had described the events around having her picture taken with Mr. Bush at a promotional event for the show in 2014. And Ms. Kline, a novelist, detailed her experience in an article for Slate on Thursday, saying that Mr. Bush had made the same joke about “David Cop-a-Feel” to her.

Mr. Bush is the oldest living president and has a relatively rare form of Parkinson’s disease called vascular Parkinsonism, a disease in which a stroke or series of strokes damage nerve cells in the brain. Generally, the disease can lead to abnormal and out-of-character behavior, as well as depression or memory problems.

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Wendy Pettit

Wendy Pettit is a writer for NYT and writes for other publications on her spare time. She lives in Chicago with her husband and her dog Zuko.

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