Another victim of George H.W. Bush has come forward with allegations of assault. Actress Jordana Grolnik of New York has a story very similar to the one Heather Lind recounted in a now-deleted Instagram post. Remember, the one people berated her for until Bush Sr. admitted that he had, in fact, assaulted her?
*Psst* This is your daily reminder to believe women.
Grolnik, speaking to Deadspin, said she got sent the Heather Lind story “And I’m afraid that mine is entirely similar.”
Grolnik states that she met Bush Sr. backstage during intermission for a production of A Hunchback of Notre Dame in August 2016. Grolnik was one of the actors and she was initially excited when the elderly president took a picture with the cast.
Grolnik stood just next to the former President, and that was when Bush Sr. got himself a palmful and a handful.
Grolnik was shocked. She’d known the elderly Bush had a reputation for getting handsy, but she hadn’t expected this. “I guess I was thinking – he’s in a wheelchair, what harm could he do?’”
A lot, as it turns out.
“We all circled around him and Barbara for a photo, and I was right next to him,” she said to 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!’”
This behavior wasn't new. In fact, rumors of Bush Sr. groping actresses have been circling for some time, and he'd repeated the David Cop-A-Feel line before.
In addition to Lind and Grolnik, other twitter users had also attributed the “David Cop-A-Feel” line to Bush, but weren’t available for comment.
Reached for a statement, Bush spokesperson Jim McGrath said this on the behalf of the former president:
“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. 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.”
Sure, this statement seems to make everything a bit lighter…